Whether I have a little or a lot, I don’t worry about my circumstances because I know that as long as I pray and turn it over to God that everything will always be ok.
I’ve always known that my gender was different from my assigned sex, and on June 29, 2010, after a period of prayer and discernment with medical staff and those closest to me, I began the process of transitioning from being a female bodied person to being a male bodied person.
As my mother laid there dying, so many thoughts entered my head.
Prayers and unanswered questions.
So much I never said…
Church hurt…well, it hurts. And I am no stranger to the ways in which bad theology, abuses of power, misguided politics and bigotry can manifest within a community and influence the ways church folks and religious bullies perpetuate damage to vulnerable, human souls. In Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting With A Loving God After Experiencing A Hurtful Church, Carol Howard Merritt weaves into just over two hundred pages personal narrative and years of professional ministry experience, providing a compelling case for finding wholeness in God despite experiencing pain at the hands of God’s people.
I don’t agree with everything that any president might propose—none of us do, but when mainstream Americans have long supported segregated institutions, marginalization, and the criminalization of the poor, how can anyone be surprised that we are where we are right now as a nation?
If Christians were as excited about Jesus as they are about the color of Santa’s skin (or Starbuck’s cups), perhaps we might actually create a world kind enough to receive him when he does arrive.