More from Joanne Emmons
After our time in Southeast Asia, the return to the United States brought us new eyes to view the world around us once again. We focused on the gentler, less obvious nuances of what it means to live in the U.S.--the clean air that allows us to watch a sunset, our ability to visit the doctor down the street and expect quality healthcare, the vegetables we find at the market and can eat without washing them in Clorox, and the phone systems that allow us to call the kids whenever we want.
Returning to our home church brought the same tears as had that lovely church in London. There we sat, years later, looking around to see familiar faces who welcomed us back. We gloried in the beauty of our friends’ faces and familiar surroundings. Pictures we had taken with our hearts when we went away were replaced with the real thing. Everything was brighter, wider, more beautiful, more precious, more appreciated, and more valued.
One of our best trade-offs was the friends we made from all over the world. As they returned to their original homes, like an ever-widening circle, they became touchpoints--India, London, Paris, Kenya, Singapore, and points in between. Without our adventure we would have never met any of those fine folks.
As God’s grace settles across the world, we are rich with blessings that seemed to appear from nowhere when we arrived back home. Were they always there? Of course. Wherever home might be, may your journey--outbound and inbound--bring you trust in God’s care and hope for the future.
- Joanne Emmons