Pastiche Foundation

Gender Variance made Simple

The Open Letter, part 2

I said I was only going to post once a week, but the contents of this letter were too good not to share. Incidentally, my pastor acknowledged my letter and told me he’s absolutely buried right now (which happens often to him), but he’d get back to me (he always does).

With no further ado:

I have been blocked by a lack of downtime, but yesterday I found myself with a lot of it. Fortunately, I had brought Blue Like Jazz and read through all of it in a state of meditation brought on by accidental fasting (hey, the effect is the same right?). It was a spiritual feast like I’ve never had before!

I spent the rest of the day reaching out and engaging with strangers, listening to them rather than talking about myself… and I couldn’t stop smiling!

Incidentally, K– shared 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 with me (editor’s note: Passage included below), which combined with Blue Like Jazz, taught me that I need to stop expressing the hurt that people’s limitations cause me and simply be present, kind, relational and loving. I need to stop fighting and be there instead.

Thank you so much for your patience and grace in the face of my anger; I’m sorry for it and I’d like to rephrase something I said in the last email:

I humbly offer myself for service in a diversity project. I know a lot about Privilege issues and cultural competence. Working with someone who’s spiritually older and knows the Bible well, I could be instrumental in constructing a wise, efficient and simple program… and with the changes in heart I’ve been experiencing, I can do it from the right place now đŸ™‚ If that takes place now, in the future, or never, doesn’t matter, but if wanted, I’m there.

-Pastiche

I haven’t mentioned this before, but The Message is my favorite translation of the Bible, and the passage below is quoted from it:

2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (The Message)

2 Corinthians 6

Staying at Our Post

 1-10Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
   I heard your call in the nick of time;
   The day you needed me, I was there to help.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

 

This passage reprinted without permission from Bible Gateway. Incidentally, if you’re interested in The Message, here is one of its faces (I prefer the Large Print, myself):

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May 3, 2009 - Posted by | Gay LGBT GLBT Christian Jesus God Equality Compassion Diversity Respect Conscious Conversation

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