312Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 7, 2004
- Nov 6, 2004Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 7, 2004
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here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus."
Years ago I received a phone call on New Year's Day.
A young man named David was dying. His lover was
with him in the hospital. Their family story is all
too familiar and tragic. Years earlier, when David
came out as a gay teen to his father, he was forcibly
thrown out of the house. David's father was a
Protestant minister. As David struggled to survive
on the streets, he became infected with HIV.
Eventually a kind aunt in a distant city took him
in and cared for him as her own son. Now David was
dying. Would I come and pray with him before the
Although David's father had refused to see his son
for years, he had flown in to be at his son's bedside
and was angrily waiting for me at the hospital. He
rudely interrogated me on my ministerial credentials.
He demanded to know what I planned to do with his son
on his deathbed. It was a difficult situation.
Eventually David's father grudgingly allowed me in
the hospital room where his son was surrounded by
loving friends and his life partner. We prayed.
One by one, all of the loving friends said good-bye.
We blessed David and thanked him for being such a
wonderful friend. We assured him of God's gracious,
gentle love and of the loving welcome awaiting him
Then David's father ushered us out. He entered the
room with an open Bible and began urging his son to
repent of his homosexuality through reading a passage
in Leviticus. When David died, his father insisted
on preaching the funeral service. He publicly
condemned his son's soul to hell and preached fire
and damnation to his son's grieving gay and lesbian
friends. David's father then left to return to his
In the shocked silence that followed, people were
unwilling to leave their dear, departed friend with
such terrible words of rejection. Slowly, a deacon
who was present opened her copy of the Episcopal
Book of Common Prayer. She began to read loving
words of faith, hope, and love appropriate for a
Christian funeral. She blessed David's memory and
soul to the loving God who created him gay.
Together, they prayed in Jesus' name.
David lived and died as a Christian. The Bible
tells us that there is no condemnation for those
who are in Christ Jesus. People need to hear God
welcomes everyone. God does not discriminate and
has no preference over any sexual orientation.
God, thank you for our relationship with you
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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