I rejoice in You, my Provider;
my heart beats with praise.
I raise my palms and lift my eyes
toward Your glory and wholeness,
in thankful exultation
of Your steadfast love
and faithful word.
At a young age, You called me;
I heard and followed.
But the Church and the world
conspired to silence Your voice
and extinguish my call
by moralizing away my belovedness
as Your child, oh God,
as a condemned and unworthy queer.
But, amidst these trials of human
malevolence and lies,
You journeyed with me,
never leaving nor forsaking,
waiting for a receptive heart
to remind me of my call –
not despite of my sexuality,
but because of it –
the experiences of expansive and just-filled love.
through my approval for Ordination
as a Deacon in the UMC,
You have brought Your Purpose to further fruition in me,
proving that Your radically inclusive love endures,
Where You lead, oh Lord, I follow.