Day: December 22, 2019

In our trauma, we turn to sin as a balm for the pain. In our sin we traumatize one another. And there are only so many ways that the cycle can end.
The world of masks and hierarchies and inside and outside is not the world that God created. It is a world that is broken.
Either way, they erased Junia. Either way, they erased this woman who was prominent among the apostles. And who the early church had recognized as a woman and an apostle.
And the thing is those are my kids. Those are our kids. And not just the ones who come to this church, but all of them. Because there is no such thing as other people’s children.
Even when we forget who we are and what we are and where we are and how we are, the music that we know still lives inside us. It's part of our very being
I know that those are claims that can be hard to believe. And I know that there are times when I make them because I believe them; and I know that there are times when I make them so that I can believe them.
An offering here for the planting and here for the harvest. A sacrifice here for victory and here for recovery. An altar here to Athena, and here to Hephaestus, and here to an unknown god.
Sometimes, all that we can do is put one foot in front of the other, and take the next step, and do the next thing, and hope.
I didn't know a lot of things when I was 10 or 12 or 20. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living. I didn’t know if I wanted to have kids or not. I didn’t know about some major life changes. But I did know what gender I was.
We are alive. We are loved and worthy of love. God is not done with us yet. That is the whole reason that we are here.

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