Freedom Is Calling – Let Us Go Out To Greet It
God brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand, an outstretched arm, with great awe, signs and wonders. (Deuteronomy XXVI: 8)
For many of us the re-telling of the liberation of the Children of Israel from bondage echoes the stories of our struggle for liberation from persecution and hiding due to our sexual orientation. As with the telling of the Passover story, it is incumbent on each of us to consider ourselves as if each one of us personally was part of all of the struggles for liberation. To remember and honor those who gave their lives so that we might face a brighter future.
Like the Children of Israel before us we come out to freedom from bondage through a mighty hand, an outstretched arm, with great awe, signs and wonders.
With a mighty hand… We are discovering our voices and our political strength
With an outstretched arm… We are reaching out to embrace our families of origin and our families of choice
With great awe… We are reclaiming our religion and finding our spiritual home
With signs and wonders … God set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of an eternal covenant that the waters would no more become a flood to destroy life. We have adopted the rainbow as a symbol of our covenant to one another that hatred and bigotry will no longer be allowed to flood our world and destroy the lives of our people.
This year weak and vulnerable
Next year courageous and united in strength
This year afraid and alone
Next year comforted by the warmth of community
This year in darkness and hiding
Next year in freedom and light
This year in searching for meaning and direction
Next year leading our way toward a dream of acceptance, peace, hope and healing