America has never been perfect. Kenya is not perfect. No country is. But they are both places my family will call home – with all their flaws and brilliant beauty. I know that the president does not speak for my entire country in his view of Haiti and Africa, and I have seen beautiful responses to the dark words. . I see the compassion and love and commitment in my friends in the States the same as I do with my friends in Kenya.
And I hope, as our world becomes smaller, that we work to build friendships where they are unlikely – to realize stories that are strikingly different in circumstance are similar in struggle and joy – to see that God has created us to build up each other and carry each other when things are hard no matter where we were born. These hard-won journeys unmask incredible beauty.
Our world is shrinking – bridges are being built between countries that have their own unique set of imperfections. However, as as we cross those bridges, we allow our strengths will complement each other, our perspectives will strengthen each other, and we will be better as we see we are all in this together.
“These are decisions made on a few convictions: that the power to act is a gift that grows as it is given, that grace covers covers a multitude of inadequacies, that loss is real but not forever, that this world is not a zero-sum cause-effect closed system, that courage trumps comfort, and that love is the most true thing of all.” -JMyhre