Michael Christman illustration for Coming Out to God.
You washed our feet, Jesus.At first we objected,but you made it clear that to be part of youwe need first to receive your giftsand serve others the same way.You gave us bread and wine, Jesus.We took it for granted,not realizing what it meant to you,how it meant flesh and blood,unity with you and with one anotherand salvation for the world.You said we would betray and deny you, Jesus.“Not me!” we each cried,but we all didin our own way,leaving you to face your destiny alone.You asked us to pray with you, Jesus.We fell asleepand missed sharing your anguish,not being compassionate to the Compassionate;then they took you from us.You continue to love us, Jesus.We object, we take it for granted,we betray and deny you,and sleepinstead of pray.Forgive us, Jesus,for we know not what we do.
From Coming Out to God (Day 52) by Chris Glaser, 1991, Westminster John Knox Press.
Coming Out to God: Prayers for Lesbians and Gay Men, Their Families and Friends was dedicated to those I knew who were living with or had lived with HIV/AIDS and became especially popular in the HIV/AIDS community. A friend who was an artist, who subsequently succumbed to AIDS, provided the cover design and the interior illustrations for the book. I love that his name was “Christ-man”: Michael Christman.
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