A Deal I Cannot Refuse

I love being a pastor.

Actually, I love pastoring this church–because I love the people God has called, and is calling, here.

I am honored to sit with them in pain and celebrate with them in joy, to help feed the spiritually and physically hungry, encourage the hope-less, guide the wayward, bless the seekers, preach good news, pray continuously, and be healing when God shows me how.

And I am grateful that pastoring also allows me to engage the community, to organize and lead groups for social change, to speak out on behalf of justice, to band together with other people of faith and no faith to make the world better.  

I never knew work this hard also could be so much fun and so rewarding–and could change me so much along the way.

Thank you, God, for calling me, and thank you, church, for letting me grow on your time and your dime.

To think I get paid for all this! Now that’s a deal I cannot refuse.

And Thank You, God.

There is so much going on, I don’t know where to begin.

Marriage in Maine, possibly New Hampshire, troubles growing in Pakistan and Afghanistan, many people in the church I serve and lead needing support, more work than I can possibly do, 300+ clergy gathering in Washington, D.C. to lobby for LGBT equality, Jonathan getting a part in a play he wanted and a new car he needed, spring rains soaking deeply into previously parched soil . . . .

At such a time as this, there is only one way to turn–to God, to my Jesus, in prayer. prayerful-hands

Prayer in thanksgiving for all the justice being done, prayer for peace in war-torn lands and in our own, prayer for healing for broken lives and dead and dying loved ones, prayer to stay focused on the really important and not the merely urgent, prayer in joy for all the gifts . . . . .

Helen Keller said a long time ago, “The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”

God provides the power for overcoming and guides us in the way of overcoming. Help me, help us, God. And thank you, God.

The Luckiest Kid on Earth

Today, I have bad news: the New Hampshire State Senate unanimously voted not to update anti-discrimination laws to include “gender identity or expression.” The Senate has voted approval for same-gender marriage, but apparently including transgender people was too much.

But this is only temporary.

If the legislators had read an article from the New York Times on April 26, “‘Maddy’ Just Might Work After All,” about a transgender woman (Jennifer Finney Boylan, right), her wife, and her sons, they might have acted differently. jennifer-finney-boylan1That family learned to accept her during and after the change from male to female, and the boys chose to call her Maddy (rather than Daddy as they addressed her before the change).

Zach, the older son, says, “Sometimes its true that I wish I had a regular father, but only because I don’t remember what it was like to have a normal family. Sometimes it’s hard to have a family that is different. But most of the time I think I am the luckiest kid on earth.”

The vote in New Hampshire was a setback. But the Zacks of the world are going to carry the day in the long run.

I encourage you to take the time to read the entire story. 26love.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=\’Maddy\’%20Just%20Might%20Work%20After%20All&st=cse