For the Christmas season, “Fortunate Families” have a valuable suggestion: Give yourself!
“Fortunate Families” describe themselves as “a national organization of Catholic parents with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender children who support others like us to affirm, celebrate, and seek equality for our families. Our faith journey calls us to strive for justice for all our children” . Appropriately for this commitment to justice, rooted in faith, their bi – monthly newsletter is called “Voices for Justice”. In the latest issue, Lisa Covington suggests that an appropriate gift this Christmas season, is the gift of oneself.
An editorial introduction to the full article summarises the key point:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NASB
With the Christmas season nearing, one area of focus in our lives is on gifts. Yes, the primary focus is on the anticipation of the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, as human beings, we can get consumed in the process of wanting to get the perfect gift for that someone special in our lives. Consumed by the thought process of what to buy. Consumed by the time it takes to stand in the check-out line. Consumed by where to hide the gift after you bought it or after it arrives. Then, there is the wrapping of the gift.
What if for a moment, the thought of a gift changed from being an item that can be purchased, to the gift of a human being? Take it one step further, and consider the gift of self. In Jeremiah, we read how special each of us is. What a wonderful gift to know that the Lord knew each and every one of us before we were born. We each have a purpose in building up the Kingdom of God.
Covington is addressing her remarks to the Catholic parents and families of LGBT people, but her thinking is equally applicable to LGBT people ourselves.
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