Thought for the Day : Thursday 8 October

Thought for the Day by Katherine-Alice Grasham (All Hallows)

Readings: 2 Kings 1:2-17 and Acts 24:1-23

I saw a beautiful Facebook post the other day that said this:

“God made trans people for the same reason they made wheat but not bread and grapes but not wine. So that humanity might share in the act of creation. They call it ‘the divine alchemy of the self’.” (I believe this is from a book called “Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel” by Julian K. Jarboe)

I love this perspective that we are invited by God to share in the act of creation with Them. I believe that in many aspects of life, we are called to be creators – creators of change, creators of peace, creators of safety. I especially think this applies to the LGBTQ+ community – as God’s people, we should be at the forefront of creating safe spaces and communities where LGBTQ+ people can feel God’s love.

As a gender non-binary person*, creating exactly who I want to be has been instrumental in my relationship with God. Choosing part of my own name, creating a chosen family when my biological family are far away, and accepting myself as God made me have all helped me to draw closer to my creator.

I wonder, whether or not you are trans or non-binary, if you have felt this “divine alchemy of the self” before? Does engaging with acts of creation help you to feel closer to God? Do you feel that you and God have both been part of creating who you are today? Perhaps you would like to spend some time reflecting on this.

*Gender non-binary means not identifying as fully male or fully female (i.e. the gender binaries), but identifying somewhere in the middle, neither, or on a different scale altogether.

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