Monday, September 23, 2013

Green Chili Love

I am sitting here in the airport
going home...
Yes, I said it
for now, Pennsylvania is my home
(who knows, maybe the next time I say it the "for now" will non-existent)

I really thought that a 10 day visit 
would be plenty of time to see everyone that I wanted to see
But I was wrong
It was way too short and I had many friends that I barely got to hug
and some that I did not even get to see

If you are one of those
I am sorry
and I promise when I come back
you are at the top of my list!

In my new home
things are very different
some I have adjusted to
some I will never adjust to
enjoying good Mexican food
We have yet to find it

The last time I came and went
I took 12 large cans of my favorite enchilada sauce back with me

This time....
I have a small ice chest full of green chili
I am over the moon with excitement
you can not find hatch green chili
I also have some very special red chili powder
my mouth is watering
and I can not wait to share my stash with my new friends

Several family and friends contributed to my ability 
to bring my treasured items to Pennsylvania
it was a true act of love
I am most thankful

They loved me 
and each time I open my freezer I will remember

I have many friends offer to ship me whatever I need
so sweet

I have never been in the position of the receiver of such love
I am more comfortable being on the giving end of things

Being a receiver is humbling and such a blessing
As a giver I always get a charge out of doing it

Plenty of times I have had to tell a friend 
who felt funny about receiving 
that they would be robbing someone of the joy of giving, 
if they said no thank you.

And now, here I am
"Miss Independent"
Learning the lesson of humility 
and of allowing others 
to feel the joy of giving
to me

this trip has been a whirlwind of craziness

I have managed to feel every emotion possible
I laughed till I cried and cried till I laughed
I have hugged tighter and talked longer
I have made time count
I have made sure that my words were clear
and that I said what I meant, and meant what I said

All in all
it was great
but great

As believers we are told to serve one another
my green chili is an act of love and service
from those that thoughtfully knew
I could use a dose of Arizona in the coming months

There is nothing like Green Chili love
in my mind 

John 13:34-35
The Voice (VOICE)
So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully
Remember the ways that I have loved you, 
and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. 
Everyone will know you as My followers 
if you demonstrate your love to others.

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