I know that it’s an issue ( LGBT teen homelessness) that isn’t readily discussed in the mainstream media. Sure, many teens come out and their parents support them. But just as many are kicked out of their homes for being gay and they have nowhere to go but the streets.
I realized that I often take my parents for granted. I was afraid to come out to them, but not because I thought they would kick me out. I was afraid to disappoint them. Not once was I ever afraid that they would stop loving me — and that’s something that happens to so many teens all over the country. Their parents stop loving them. I can’t even imagine what that is like.
– Lyndsey D’Arcangelo
Award-winning, lesbian author and journalist from Buffalo, N.Y.
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pop star Cyndi Lauper talks about her mission to get all LGBT homeless children off the streets.
A prayer for the homeless
A Christian Science perspective.
By Rosalie E. Dunbar
Prayer for the safety of these individuals and for them to find more permanent housing can help alleviate these conditions, along with the hopelessness that sometimes burdens people. One way to pray is to refuse to accept the view that they are useless, without value, and must accept these unsafe or filthy conditions. In reality, each individual is a spiritual idea of God, and has a right to claim God’s care even in this time of trouble. In our prayers, we can see them as spiritual, never cut off from God’s goodness, and safe under His care. Each one has a divinely empowered purpose and is able to discern what it is and to follow God’s leading.
The 91st Psalm begins, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Each of these individuals – and everyone else – lives in this secret place where God’s goodness is tenderly guarding them. Even if they aren’t always conscious of it, they are forever the sons and daughters of God.
Mary Baker Eddy, who established this newspaper, wrote a poem that speaks of God’s protecting care and refers to divine Love as a refuge: “No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;/ No night drops down upon the troubled breast,/ When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,/ And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest” (“The Mother’s Evening Prayer,” “Poems,” page 5).
These words help structure our prayers for the homeless. In Love’s refuge, no danger or dangerous person, no disease can enter. No mental darkness can drop down on someone and lead him or her to irrational actions, mental instability, anxiety, or fear. As children of God, each one has the right to protection from any thought of lurking evil.
Such prayers will not only reach out to those in need, but they will also help lift up our thoughts about these individuals so that we see them as real individuals, worthy of God’s care. And we can expect results.
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