I presented the few insights I have about the affirmations required for right relationship with our LGBT sisters and brothers at the Protecting All Our Youth conference with the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination. Our time concluded with a version of this prayer which I know I’ve heard before long ago, but it echoed with my heart today. I share it as it may echo as deeply in your heart as it has in mine.
May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen.