Be born once more, O Christ, within us (a devotion from Chris Glaser)
Hi, everyone. I’ve been reading Chris Glaser’s The Word is Out: Daily Reflections on the Bible for Lesbians and Gay Men and, well, he’s got some inspiring and empowering stuff in here. I highly recommend it as well as all his books.
Here are his thoughts for yesterday, December 11th:
My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you… — Galatians 4:19
An injury to my back reminded me how a problem in one part of the body affects the whole, causing a generalized malaise. I thought of a man who has always been quick to complain of aches and pains, who nonetheless has outlived the wife who cared for him, and who now depends on a daughter who either fits into the category of codependent or compassionate, depending on who makes the call. The daughter has been severely ill herself, but her father goes on about his own phantom afflictions.
My mind jumped from his body and mine to the Body of Christ, the church. Though it has inflicted real pain upon its lesbian, gay, and bisexual members, it protects those members who are spiritual hypochondriacs: those who claim they will be hurt if we find acceptance in the church. This looks more like codependence than compassion to me.
The pain causing the church’s malaise has been misdiagnosed as homosexuality, when in reality, it is the pain of childbirth: the Body of Christ being formed once more within the church’s womb, a body that includes lesbian, gay, and bisexual members.
Be born once more, O Christ, within us!