Last week as I was visiting Holly* and was immediately overwhelmed by her beaming smile. In the four months I have known Holly, I have yet to see her without an infectious smile. She has a zest for life, has yet to be jaded by her working environment. As we were talking, I was realizing that Holly’s joy is in direct contrast to her surroundings. In the midst of a dark place with little hope, she exudes joy and reminds me that there is more to each person than their current circumstances. She is content in the middle of a sticky situation, and I greatly admire her courage and tenacity. As our time ended, I celebrated the fact that His joy can be found even in the scariest of places. I thanked Him for reminding me that no matter what problems we face, we can choose peace and joy. I ask that this shining light not be diminished by her circumstances, that she continue to bring joy to each person she encounters.
*Name has been change to protect her identity.