Saturday, December 3, 2011
Comfort, O Comfort My People...Four Years and Running
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the LORD's hand
double for all her sins...
In many respects, as I reflect on the fourth anniversary of this blog, I am reflecting on the initial mission of this space. I started it with the intention of sharing my journey and expressing my faith as a queer Christian. My aim was to demystify gay people and press forward with the idea that a segment of the population often excluded by religious communities is often some of the most faithful clamoring to be allowed inside the gate.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
Since I started writing this blog, I have seen major shifts happening in the church and the world. Indeed I keep sensing that valleys are being lifted up, hills made low. Not everywhere. Not in Florida necessarily. But as the uneven ground continues to be made level, I see the glory of the Lord being revealed in the consecration of Mary Glasspool, and the decisions of dioceses in the state of New York to comply with same-sex marriage laws and allow for the blessings on couples who have waited decades in some cases to have their relationships made legitimate in the eyes of the state.
Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
"Here is your God!"
Yes, here is your God. The one who comes on a cleared path, on a cloud descending, and with the intention of setting us all free. Of course, Isaiah didn't know and wouldn't have known to speak of Jesus, and it does a disservice to the prophet to impose Christian teaching on his words. But Jesus was the human embodiment of God's constant mission to free us and lead us into love if we would be willing to follow. Queers who follow are doing so because there is incredible liberation in the love of God. And the mantra, "Do not fear" is one that resonates strongly for LGBT Christians. Do not let those who would try to plant a seed of doubt about your free entry into the kingdom get the best of you. Not only do belong; you were never rejected by God. Ever.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.
As I keep journeying along with you, I hope that those who land on this page will experience through my writing the joy and the freedom that comes from opening up to the Divine. I hope any negative statements or attempts to lead you away from God can be countered with the real message that you are already part of the kingdom. Peace be with you.