My Family Fled, Too

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When I was twenty-two years old, I had the opportunity to go to Cuba for the very first time. Both sides of my family left the island in the sixties, at the dawn of the Revolution, and never returned. They were allowed to leave only with what they could carry. It had been more than 50 years since someone in my direct bloodline had stepped foot back on that island. And I would be the first one. Continue reading “My Family Fled, Too”

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Glimpses from the Island: A Photo Essay

Those who know me well, and even many who don’t, usually know one thing to be true about me: I am not the person for soundbites. When I tell a story, I want to tell the whole story – details and all. This is especially true for experiences I hold close to my heart, as I do for this recent trip to Cuba.

However, with the recent popularity of Cuba in the news, I hesitated posting this at all. I don’t like to chime in on trending topics of conversation for the sake of social relevance. It’s all mostly white noise, anyway. But this is different.

My story with this island began long before I was born. I can trace my way through the pieces found in my parents, and their parents, and their parents before that. In some ways, I thought that was true before, but now I know it is. And the stories I have to tell as a result, no matter what is buzzing on the news, have little to do with policy and everything to do with people and the places in between. Continue reading “Glimpses from the Island: A Photo Essay”

As We Go: A Photo Essay

Recent snippets of life and ministry. The photos speak for themselves.

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volcán de fuego. antigua, guatemala.
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fresh market veggies.
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candid capture of a stranger.
weekend soccer games.
weekend soccer games.
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steeping in the early morning silence.
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our feisty guard dog, misha.
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cowboys and indians murder mystery party to send off our sweet kara (seated center).
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lake atitlán.
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san marcos la laguna.
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we visited the zoo before picking up our new visas.
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easter egg painting with some sweet little babes. photo by k. chancellor.
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easter lunch with our guatemalan friends. photo by k. chancellor.
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we walk everywhere. these are my trusty favorites.
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cerro de la cruz. antigua, guatemala.

This life is hard and beautiful. I wouldn’t trade it for a single thing.
Thank you a thousand times over for sending me.

eucharisteo

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I first saw it scrawled out in italicized font on her arm, a permanent reminder. I tried not to stare, but it was so beautiful. I asked her about it, and her green eyes lit up as she explained it to me.

Eucharisteo. Life-filling gratitude.

The word is beefy, comes from old Greek; an interesting collection of sounds strung together that make my mouth dance as I say it. Eucharisteo. The kind of thankfulness that fills your life. The kind of thankfulness that is a wellspring of joy.

Isn’t that what we all want–a full life? To bubble over with joy? Could it be so simple?

Well, all I know is that I forget how to be thankful. But today, I fight the lie that whispers that I do not have enough. That I need so much more. That I live an empty life. Today, I am thankful. Continue reading “eucharisteo”