Thoughts for Advent

The themes of Advent are Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy. Four things the LGBT community could really use these days. We can hope for equality and better futures for ourselves and our loved ones. We can hope to get through each day without being assaulted by verbal or physical or emotional abuse. We can hope to see ourselves happier, healthier, and more beautiful each day. We can hope for love and support from our allies and friends and families.

Love. Love is probably the most powerful force in the world, next to maybe gravity. Love can send men to war over a girl, love for children can bring two warring countries to the negotiating table and peace. Love can break down any barrier, I believe. The LGBT community is all about love. Love for each other within our community, love that has no limits, love that is equal to any other expression of love and affection out there. LGBT love is honest, sincere, and just as dedicated and good intentioned as anyone else’s love.

But we also need to have Peace. Peace amongst ourselves. Peace within our families. Peace in our communities. Peace with those that fear or hate us. We need peace of mind too. Peace within our spirits. We deserve to live lives that are free of struggles. So many of us live with tension, stress, and anxiety. It is not an easy journey being LGBT in a society that now seems awakened to hate and discriminate and lash out. We have made so much progress but there are still plenty of people who do not understand us and hate us because they don’t see us as equals. We need to find ways to educate and advocate for peaceful dialogues and peaceful exchanges of ideas and views.

We also need Joy. That sense of fulfillment. We all need a reason to celebrate and feel good about ourselves and feel good about being a part of a joyful community who are bold, brave, and not ashamed of being who they are. We need to express joy for all the things our community has done for equality and human rights and inclusion and diversity. We should also find joy in our personal accomplishments! We have been so brave and strong to come out of the closet– even if only to ourselves too. We should celebrate and be joyful when we can wake up and look in the mirror and be proud of who we are. We should express joy with our allies who have been battling and struggling along with us too.

Advent can mean a lot to a lot of different people but for me anyway, I do relate Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy to my personal experiences and make connections to my life as a transgender woman and lesbian. I see a lot of Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy in our community and I thank God for giving us hearts and minds and the means to share and give hope to those in need and to give love to the lonely and hurt, and bring peace to people who are overwhelmed with stress and anxiety and tension. I am also thankful that I can do God’s work and spread some Joy in people’s lives. That is why I have this Blog Ministry. To spread joy to others in the LGBT community.

 

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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