Friday, October 11, 2013

Wonderfully Made: Part 1




It's National Coming Out Day (NCOD) and I wanted to highlight some of the beautiful stories I've seen shared today. Tomorrow in Part 2 I'll add some thoughts and virtual hugs of my own. But I don't want this post on this day to be at all about me. So for now, just the stories.

First and foremost, I am so proud of my dear friend Ben, who came out today on his blog. Ben has been blogging anonymously for some time now, and today in honor of NCOD, he is sharing his story and revealing his identity. This is the culmination of his "These Hallowed Grounds" series, where he has been sharing the stories of LGBTQ friends for the past few weeks. These stories are brave and beautiful, heartbreaking and holy. I highly recommend you go check out these honest and vulnerable glimpses of our LGBTQ brothers' and sisters' journeys.

My friend Micah also offers some wise words:
I refuse to see this day, these people, as an “issue”. They are my brothers and sisters. They are my friends. 
Today he is sharing some stories on his blog as well. I was greatly blessed by his post this summer that challenged the way the Church sometimes talks about our gay brethren. The deep and beautiful truths he spoke that day have made it his most popular post of all time. Definitely go check that out.

Today my pal Justin opens his space to "Cat," who tells "the coming out story of one queer girl who came back to church." I'm really happy to hear that Cat has found love and fellowship at a Methodist church in her area that is taking their motto very seriously.

These are just a few of the many, many beautiful stories that folks are sharing today on the interwebs. Has a similar story crossed your radar this week? Please let me know in the comments! Today is a day for listening to the LGBTQ community, so let's shine a spotlight on our friends who are speaking up!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Things Whose Beauty I Will Teach My Future Children to Notice

This is the English version of something I posted on my other blog a few weeks ago. You can read the original in French here.

- birds singing, especially at dawn
- clouds that protect us from the fierce heat of the sun on a summer noon
- rainbows
- the timbre of pianos
- the smell of the pages of books, and of old books
- children's laughter
- eyes full of wonder
- the sounds of French
- the stillness of the night
- the sound of rain on the roof
- the sweetness of berries
- petrichor
- the strength of trees
- the colors of autumn
- the might of storms
- the sound of crickets
- stars that hang from the sky in a cloudless night
- the scent of honeysuckle
- fireflies
- the delicate nature of flowers
- God's mercy

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Lonely

This post is for Lisa-Jo Baker's Five Minute Friday link-up, where she posts a one-word prompt, and then eager writers ready to throw caution to the wind write for five minutes without overediting or overthinking. It's simple and awesome. For more info, go here. Today's prompt is LONELY.

Disclaimer: I may have cheated a little and gone over five minutes. I kind of lost track of the time.


I spend my afternoons exploring the neighborhood and taking pictures of rabbits and flowers in the field behind my house. I spend my nights swaying on a swing under the stars. I fall in love with the sunset as I inhale the sweet scents of summer. I watch in awe as the fireflies flicker around me and the crickets sing their song. And I’ve gotten used to doing all of this alone.

A friend recently asked me if I was looking for a relationship, if that’s something that I was looking for in my life right now. They told me that they wanted to wait until they got a little more settled, as they thought they might be moving soon. But for me it’s never been like that. I don’t really decide that I’m looking for someone or not. My outlook is that when it happens, it happens. I tried my hand at a free dating website, because I knew a few people who had used it and met someone they really hit it off with. But it hasn’t worked out for me, and honestly I find it all rather awkward. I can’t focus on finding someone with that kind of singularity.

I know that God has a plan for me, and I don’t know what that entails. I hate it when people talk as though if you’re looking for a mate, then that is definitely what God has planned for you. There are a lot of older, single people who would disagree with that, and unfortunately I think their voices are often not included in society and even in the Church. Sometimes we talk like everyone’s supposed to pair up (maybe this is less-so in Christian circles that mandate celibacy for clergy?), but you know what? The truth is that that’s not God’s plan for everyone (hello, Paul! Remember him?), and that’s okay. I’m not pretending to know what God’s plan for me is. I’m 27; I think there’s most likely a lot of plan left to unfold. And whatever it is, it’s going to be beautiful.

So yep, I’m a little bit lonely. Part of this is because I don’t work on my friendships enough, and I’m trying to change that. And I’ve recently become connected to a motley crew of lovely souls on the interwebs, and I look forward to sharing stories with them in addition to the people I know “in real life.”…

For now, I know three things: 1) I really do long for a companion; 2) I don’t know what the future holds; and 3) God’s plan for me, whatever it is, is good. And you know what? That just may be enough.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the stars are singing a lovely nightsong, and they’re asking me to join in.