I honestly think I'd rather live on a farm.
As we entered the Homeless shelter, she felt at home, and so did I. She did not need my presence to accompany her everywhere, as she usually does, I think she knew who was in her.
She wanted to come with me to "work" that day. This was our field trip.
Arloa Sutter says in her book, The Invisible, "Joy comes when we practice the discipline of engaging regularly with those who are less fortunate."
My youngest daughter was reminded what joy feels like. She had experienced this in the Appalachian area we served at in 2011, and at the Boys and Girls club we went to earlier in the summer. As she exercised with some of the women and made friendship bracelets with others, she didn't want to leave.
Luke 10:20 says "The Great Triumph is not in your authority over evil, But in God's authority over you and presence with you... It's not what you do for God, But what God does for you - that's true rejoicing." MSG
She was learning that with God's presence, there is triumph, and what He does for us in that time, brings true joy.
As we left, it was quiet. We were not depleted, but filled, I think with a silent awe.
Half way through the quiet car ride, she said, "I want to go next week, too."