I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in God’s word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. (Psalm 130: 5-6)
Dear Friends of Room for All:
I can’t seem to help myself. When I read these verses, my eyes well up and my heart throbs for the coming of the Lord. The longing so elegantly conveyed in those words is bone-deep, and I follow them by praying aloud, “Come, O come, Emmanuel!”
Like other Christians, during the season of Advent my hope for the renewal of God’s beloved world is replenished, and I look with anticipation to Jesus’ return. This sense of longing and excitement builds as I count down the days to the coming celebration of Christmas, each year expecting something remarkable and even miraculous, desiring something transformational to take place in me and in the world, hoping that everything will be changed for the better and God’s new realm will be birthed. Even though I know full well that Jesus is with us already and always, I still look forward to the celebration of Christmas yearning for something more. I await a day when weapons of war are banished, when justice flows down like water, when all have their daily bread and God’s scattered children are gathered.
As a gay Christian, I long for the time when others who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer will find their home within the church. However, these longings are not just reserved for Advent; they travel with me every day, all year long: the desire to be loved for how I am created, that my unique gifts will be welcomed and valued by my denomination as they are in my congregation. I pine for the day when I and all my LGBTQ brothers and sisters are fully received into the life of the church, a day when we can fulfill our callings and the church honors its promises made to us at our baptisms. With all faithfulness I know this time is coming; it is near! But it has not yet arrived in the Reformed Church in America.
So I love this season most of all because I don’t feel so alone in my longing. I sit next to folks on these Advent Sundays who may not share my particular hunger, but we are still craving God together nonetheless. During Advent I sense that I am not a solitary sentinel - I am thankful to have so many people of faith keeping me company, waiting together for a new day.
And I am surely grateful for those who do share my longing for a new day in the Reformed Church in America, and who feel compelled to support, educate and advocate that God’s inclusive love made known to us in Jesus Christ may one day be fully realized in the RCA. Room for All is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to this mission, and we have made great strides over the past eight years.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, during this time of expectant, joyful hope for the future, in this celebration and expectation of the Savior’s advent and his promised return in glory, I ask that you might join me in giving a gift to Room for All. Give out of faithful witness that the day of full inclusion of God’s LGBTQ children and their families is coming to the Reformed Church in America! Your end-of-year contribution will be used to continue our grateful proclamation of Emmanuel, God with us - all of us. Please join your prayers, your voice and your support for Room for All today.
Grace and Peace,
Tax deductible contributions may be made by check payable to Room for All, PO Box 11495, Albany NY 12211, or online at http://www.roomforall.com/support-rfa/. Stock transfers are also possible; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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