Happy Monday Friends!
This week brings us to the end of the creed: “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” Resurrection is about hope; the hope that even death cannot contain the power of God. Yet resurrection is about more than life, death, and hope. It is about change and transformation, about becoming something new and affirming what we have always been. On Thursday the global community celebrated International Transgender Day of Visibility.
The act of recognizing that one’s gender is incongruent with who they and taking steps—expressive, medical, and biological—to affirm their identity is an act of resurrection. It is the profound act of saying that biologically determined sexual labels and socially constructed gender identities should not and will not hold power. It is the courage to deny the simplest of supposedly absolute truths that all men have penises, and all women have vaginas.
As a cisgender person, I know that there are many parts of the transgender experience to which I do not and will never have access. What are you learning about transgender people? How can you continue to educate yourself about the transgender community?
Let us pray: God, whose reality and power cannot be contained by human understandings of gender, help us lift up our transgender siblings as your wondrous children, beautifully and awesomely made. Guide those of us who are not transgender in the path of advocacy and assistance. Grant those of us who are transgender safety and relief from discrimination and legalized forms of oppression. In your time bring us all around your table where there is no division, only celebration in our diversity. We ask this through your child, Jesus, our savior. Amen.
Blessings, friends, on your week! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.