Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Space Between...And Green Chile

"The space between 
the tears we cry,
is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more."
~Dave Matthews Band

Harmony and dissonance.
Tension and resolution.
Relationships keep us on our toes, don't they?
The dynamics are beguiling to say the least.

And when I say relationships, I mean ALL relationships.
Parent/child. sibling/sibling. 
It wouldn't be preposterous to say all familial relationships in general, would it?
Spouse/spouse. Friend/friend. The list goes on...

We struggle to keep the peace at times.
Our hearts can be rooted in different places,
but at the core we are all the same.
We have different perspectives,
and it certainly can get messy now and then, 
but at the end of the day, 
we all long to love and be loved in return.

There are moments in my own life when I feel so overwhelmed,
not unusual considering the ages of my children.
But as small as they are, when I take a step back,
I recognize that right now so many things can be solved
with a cookie. Or a nap.  Or a hug.
As hard as this season of my life is, 
I acknowledge that I'm going to look back one day 
and realize that this really was the easy part!
When my heart is discouraged, I try to remind myself of that.

Is there is a relationship in your life 
that is in a volatile state at the moment?
I want to encourage you to return to that place in your memory.
Even if just for a moment.
That place where you shared laughter and understanding.
Where you shared a favorite meal, or a favorite song.
Where you shared smiles and silliness.
That place that, in spite of your differences, 
keeps you coming back for more...
That place where you're reminded of why you love them, 
and always will,
even if that means loving them from afar.

Praying that, if possible, the kinks will be ironed out soon, and that in the meantime, your heart will find rest.

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Green Chile
I shared the recipe for green chile last year 
( CLICK HERE for the recipe).
but thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of the process. 
This is a recipe that reminds me of family, 
and regardless of how complicated familial relationships can be, 
it reminds me of the good times we share. 
When I make chile, it always makes my heart smile.


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