Now that I've been back from New York City for a solid two weeks, I figured it was about time I wrote a little blog post about that grand adventure..

I keep typing, deleting, and retyping the beginning to this paragraph... I'm not sure experiences that move you deeply without you realizing are very describable. I'd been on this particular mission trip at the same time the year before too, and I wasn't sure what to expect a second time. So, I decided to sit back and let our heavenly father do His work.  And He did... His whispers came in places I never would have guessed.

As for what happened on the trip, a group of 25ish of us from UNO boarded the amtrack at 5 am in Omaha, stopped in Chicago for dinner, and arrived in the Bronx of NYC the next evening. We stayed with an order of friars there (some of the coolest people I've ever met), and did various mission work in and around NYC throughout the week (scraping, scrubbing, cleaning, teaching, leading, etc.) Serving others has a way of bringing you out of your normal everyday box, humbling you, and leading you to beauty and graces you never would have discovered on your own.

God's grace is something that isn't far from us. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, he walked alongside two of His disciples as they were journeying between towns, but they didn't know it was him. (Luke 24:13-35) Their savior who they had just been with days before had died, raised from the dead, and returned to them and they didn't realize. This is a beautiful example of how often Jesus comes to us each day through the people we are with, without us realizing. The man on the street whose wise old eyes meet yours, the child screaming in the grocery store, the barista at the coffee shop, the friend who comforts your weary heart.. God dwells with us right there in the mundane. He makes the ordinary extraordinary if our hearts are open.

Travel to mysterious, beautiful, far-off places, or just step outside. His heart is open to you wherever you go. 

xx Samantha

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