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Count It All Joy

I am three months into my year of service and I have experienced both unexpected joys and difficult moments. This year is challenging because we are engaging in the lives of people who face daily hardships. They live in poverty. They live with language barriers. They live unnoticed and unheard. There are children without parents. There are parents fighting for their kids, fighting for food, fighting for shelter. These people have become our friends, our neighbors, and our day to day interactions. It’s difficult for it not to be hard, to choose to see the good, choose to find the joy, but the joy is there and it’s worth choosing. These people teach us to see the good, to count the small blessings in big ways, and to choose love. As my months as a Mercy Volunteer are passing I took the opportunity with my community to look back to count the small blessings, to think about what we are thankful for, and to share them to show a glimpse of what this year looks like!

We are thankful for:

  1. Spending time with our sweet friendsscreen-shot-2016-12-12-at-1-23-01-pm
  2. Sunrises
  3. Staying safe during multiple hurricanes savannah_cleanup
  4. Tybee Island beach (and the Sisters of Mercy for sharing!) 
  5. Christmas
  6. Handing out candy on Halloween to our neighborssavannah_halloween
  7. COFFEE
  8. Being invited to someone’s house for dinner
  9. Warm weather
  10. Support from the Sisters of Mercy 
  11. Free samples on River Street
  12. Mix CDS
  13. Cooking dinner together
  14. Assisting members of our community in finding food sources
  15. Conversations with our coworkers
  16. Library cards
  17. Spontaneous drives
  18. Visits from friends
  19. Opening windows with good weather
  20. Meeting new people
  21. Lazy Sundays
  22. Rainbows after a storm
  23. The day after we go grocery shopping =]
  24. Finishing a run
  25. Watching Parks & Rec together
  26. Taco Tuesdays
  27. Authentic conversations with clients
  28. Free movies in the park
  29. Free trips to Disney
  30. Farmers markets on Saturdays

 

 

It may not seem like much, but it’s the little moments that often count the most. The good and the challenging, we are choosing to count it all joy!

Amanda Cooksey: Savannah, Georgia

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Agnes

    We are blessed in Savannah by your many gifts and talents that you share daily. May the graces of Mercy continue to pour over you and to those you serve in our Ministry. Enjoy the remainder of your year with us. Tybee will be closer now!

  2. NAMPIIMA MARIA GORRET

    Hello Mercy volunteers, I salute you for the support you have rendered to the vulnerable members of the community the community in which you are serving, keep the spirit and may you find fulfillment in the works of your hands. I cannot wait to serve if given the opportunity. May God surely bless you in all you do .

    BLESSINGS.

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