This year, 24 Mercy Volunteer Corps members were sent out across the country to live in community, grow in spirituality, and serve the people of their chosen site. In August, we came together as a group to become comfortable with the program, our community members, the staff, etc. Just a few days later, we were off to provide mercy and justice to different areas of the country. Some of us worked with high school students, some with homeless addicts, others with hiv/aids patients. That does not even begin to cover the areas in which we worked.
It's been nearly a year since we first met. In that year, we've grown...we've learned, we've loved, we've served. We connected with the Sister's of Mercy, we met people who will forever touch our hearts...we've been broken down by the weight of the issues our clients face, we've been uplifted by the support of our community members and co workers. No one will ever quite understand what each of us have been through, and perhaps we cannot even fully understand one another- each of us have different stories. However, I can say that I have been given a gift this year...and that gift is 23 incredible individuals whom have kept me inspired throughout the year. Although I may not have had frequent contact with them, they were in my heart and in my prayers.
This past weekend, we were able to reconnect...to hear stories, both funny and devastating. To gain support from one another regarindg community life or service...to take a step back and to let it all sink in. We are all at a point in the year where we are figuring out the next step and reflecting on the last months. I am extremly confident that each of these people are going to make an incredible impact on the world, no matter where this journey takes them. I am hoping and praying that each of them are able to find work where they can continue to live their dreams, find happiness, and help others.
To my fellow Mercy Volunteers 2009-2010, I love you all. You are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I know that I may not ever see some of you again, but I will never forget you. You are great people with beautiful gifts- don't be afraid to share them. As you move on from MVC, may you always remember that the circle of Mercy is timeless. Finish strong, guys. If you are ever in Detroit, you know who to call.
Speak your love, speak it again, speak it again.