Pastor’s Word

I stood last Sunday along Vandeventer, next to the Trans Memorial Garden, waiting for the Pride Care-a-Van to pass by. As we waited, I got to talking (from a safe social distance) with a couple who had driven down from Illinois to be there for the Care-a-Van. When they found out that I was a pastor, and that Christ Lutheran was going to be in the parade, they said, “that’s so awesome!” Car after car passed by, and eventually, I got to wave and take pictures of the Mitchler’s fabulously decorated car, representing Christ Lutheran as a place of welcome and acceptance for LGBTQIA people! As I got ready to leave, one of my new friends said, “Thank your congregation. It is so important, what you all are doing.” I thought about her words as I wandered back through the Trans Memorial Garden, reflecting on how important those places of unconditional welcome and acceptance, and healing and grace, are, for all of us. Particularly for those marginalized in so many places. The sign at the garden carries a quote from Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos—“The tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” A profound reminder that in the face of pain and even death, new life will emerge. Transformation will happen. In our Gospel for Sunday, Jesus says, “come to me, all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” God calls to us to continue to partner in the creative work of the Spirit, making space for God to bring new life. And when we are weary, turn to God, lay down the burden for a while, and rest, until we are ready to walk another day.