Let Everything Happen to You

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Tomorrow is my birthday. This morning I heard this poem recited.* It speaks directly to the joys and challenges I’m facing in my life today, and to the ones I’ve faced in the forty-six years that happend before.

Go to the Limits of Your Longing

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Book of Hours, I 59

And so, I go on.**

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Why I’m No Longer Discussing the Sinfulness of Homosexuality

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Words matter. They have meaning and nuance. Anyone who’s sought to express themselves through the written word knows how powerful and elusive the exactly right turn of phrase can be.

In the public conversation regarding Christianity and sexuality, I’ve made some conscious decisions about the language I use. Continue reading →

Today’s Spirit Day: Let’s Not Forget All The Others

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Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. [From the GLADD website]

I remember the day after Tyler Clementi tragically committed suicide. The world was trying to understand why he did it. The press was pointing to the epidemic of bullying based on perceptions of sexual orientation. Over dinner that night, my friend Tony and I – both of us homos a generation or two older than Tyler – were a little dumbfounded. Continue reading →

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