“Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 New Century Version
What do you do when you don’t know what to do? While watching (more listening) one of my favorite television programs – History Channel – I heard this childlike voice say “I prayed; it was the only thing I knew to do.” I hear those words on television so seldom by multicultural, multiorientational, multiracial people is it any wonder that most of our urban churches are in decline while the Bible Belt-type is busting loose.
Here is the backdrop – the History Channel was covering Tornado Chasers and following-up with survivors asking various questions. The young lady being interviewed was asked, “What did you do when you heard the sirens warning that the tornado was coming?” Her response of this could-be ten-year-old was, “I prayed because I didn’t know what else to do.” The Bible Belt-type, the fundamentalist-type seem to be teaching their children (and their children seem to be learning) to pray when they don’t know what to do.
In the evening of the same day, I attended a consecration service and was amazed that there were almost a hundred Black children at The Mid-West Regional Family of Affirming Ministries Convocation in St. Lewis, most of whom had travelled by bus from Cincinnati, Oh. We – the parents, guardians, grandparents, and godparents – were called upon to join these younger-than-18 year olds at the altar and to anoint them with oil. The Bishops present went from child-to-child each of whom experienced the laying on of hands as our Prelate Bishop (Yvette Flunder) prayed for our children there and everywhere. It was a powerful experience in and with the Holy Spirit. Adults and children alike were weeping with thanksgiving to God for this outpouring of God’s Presence.
This is the thing: not so few of these children have already identified themselves as transgender. For them to have a place where they are affirmed, welcomed, and spiritually nurtured by a loving community is phenomenal. When these children are faced with a dilemma of a “spiritual” tornado proportion, they will know to Whom they can go in prayer and, they will know that they have a Holy Spirit-filled community who will affirm and nurture them in the admonition of God and let God do the rest.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.