Part 3: Extending My Spiritual Family

As God has promised not to leave us comfortless, the true essence of who I be that transcends race, culture, and relationship status was not deprived of the bonds of family defined by our connection to Spirit. This brings to mind my grandmother’s certain but comedic way of discerning folks. If she did not like what she discerned, she would say, “my spirit don’t agree with” him or her. And just like everywhere else I have been, I have found those with whom my spirit “don’t agree” in Guatemala, as well as those with whom my spirit does agree–my extended spiritual family. In this family, there are no hierarchies or boundaries that separate but only the Spirit who unifies. So, although I arrived in Guatemala without a defined support system, I did know the three people that the Spirit used to get me here–the executive director, her husband, and their son–and while I’ve been here, the Spirit has connected me to an extended spiritual family.

Part 2: What I Missed Most

As God has been itinerating me about every two years for the last ten years or so, I was comfortable with making a two year commitment and within the first six months I was certain that two years was my limit. For the past two years, I have been immersed in a beautiful culture where people greet you in the street and wish you well–often saying “Que le vaya bien,” which loosely means “I hope things go well for you;” where the people have preserved their beautiful and rich culture and continue customs like wearing traditional clothing and partaking of corn tortillas with every meal; where creativity, ingenuity, and tenacity are a way of life (you really can carry just about anything on your head WITH a baby strapped to your back!); where work generally revolves around family and not the other way around; and where the reaction to my black skin is usually awe and intrigue and not the hostility and suspicion that has been normalized in America. Even so, sometimes you just want to be less conspicuous, sometimes you just want to blend in, sometimes you just want at least one place where you belong.