Faithful to God's Image Within Us
Speaking of religious wounds...
Yesterday I ran into someone I haven't seen in over 20 years. I knew her from my fundamentalist days, when we went to the same Bible study and worked at the same part-time job together. I remember her making a derogatory statement, back then, about Janice Ian being a lesbian. Imagine my surprise, then, to see her wearing a "Lesbian Avengers" T shirt. "Funny story," she said. "Turns out I'm gay." "Me too," I said -- to her surprise. She told me she hasn't been to church in about ten years: "It's just too painful."
I don't know why I said this (it's not a wording I've ever used before), but I found myself saying: "I don't think God gives a damn about whether we go to church or not, as long as we're faithful to Her image within us."
Suddenly her eyes filled up with tears. "Thank you," she said, and gave me a big hug.