One of the most empowering experiences I have had is the ability to present as the woman I wish to be before the Lord with all sincerity, humility, and honesty for the sacrament of Holy Communion.
The truth is, God knows who we are inside as well as outside. There are no secrets. So while it may seem that we come before the Lord with one foot in a closet and another cautiously creeping out of it, God knows all about us and can see us as we were in the past, in the present, and in the future to come. But do not be ashamed of who you are or who you are becoming. God may have placed challenges upon you, but He knows and has given you the means to face and overcome those challenges. He knows when you are of pure heart and when you are deceiving not just Him but also yourself.
It takes courage to be your true self as a transgender individual and God knows this! He expects us to be as honest and sincere as we can be in today’s society and surroundings. To lie to one’s self and to lie to God is the sin to be concerned about. If you can’t manage to be open and present as you see your true self in public or in church– have no fear though– God can see the real you. When you are able to step boldly from the closet and show the Lord who you really are, you will be rewarded for sure. God will grant you confidence and courage. When you come before the Lord in a church for Holy Communion, something wonderful happens– Jesus makes a place for you. Jesus welcomes you to His table. He offers his body and his blood for you. Forgiveness of sin is offered to all people– gay, straight, male, female, or transgender. How wonderful is that? Jesus does not prevent anyone from seeking Him or His company or His forgiveness.
At the table of Communion, there are no strangers.