A recent study by the Family Acceptance Project on the impact of family rejection of LGBT youth found that parents who identify as “strongly religious” were significantly more likely to reject their children. According to research by the Center for American Progress, there are an estimated 300,000 homeless LGBT youth in our country, and the leading cause of their homelessness is family rejection.
I ask you to pray for the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youths suffering the terror and degradation of homelessness on the streets of our nation. And I ask you to pray for the even greater number of LGBT teens battling despair and hopelessness as they suffer abuse and rejection in their homes.
Executive Director, Ali Forney Center
*Photo – “Prayer for Our Daily Bread” – Courtesy of allposters.com
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
MAIKE BYRD, STAFF EDITOR
From the April 12, 2010 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
As a brand-new grandmother I intimately know the miracle of unconditional love. From the moment I held our newborn grand-twins in my arms, I was filled with an indescribable joy and tenderness that told me this was the beginning of another love story in my life. A story of deep, never-ending, no-strings-attached love.
“A mother’s affection,” Mary Baker Eddy wrote—and I might add “grandmother’s” here—”cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 60). This parenting love comes from a higher source than ourselves—our heavenly Father-Mother God.
It is God who creates and mothers the universe, including every individual identity. His/Her mothering gently upholds us at difficult times, whispers truths into our thought, lifts us up after a fall, heals us, fills us with joy, and keeps us smiling. It could be called the greatest love story ever—the love God has for each of us. The Bible talks about this. It shows God’s unchanging love for humankind in the lives of people throughout the centuries, and especially in the life and healing work of Christ Jesus. This divine Love story continues today in the healings and blessings in our own lives. Whether we are the parents, the grandparents, or the children, all of us are chosen by God to feel and reflect His great love now, no matter what our circumstances.
Author David Kennedy, in talking about “Living love,” concludes: “As we are the image of our Father-Mother Love, it is our nature to love” (p.9). And in her article titled “Love: No strings attached” Dorothy Estes explains how the more we understand God as perfect, unconditional Love, “the more we’ll find ourselves expressing that same precious spiritual love toward ourselves and others” (p. 12).
There’s an infinite potential for love stories in our world—as all of us learn more and more in our daily lives to reflect the glory of unconditional, universal divine Love.