God setteth the solitary in families
Psalm 68:6 (KJV)
My family was by no means perfect but my parents had three sons whose lifestyles varied greatly from theirs…yet they not only kept loving us all, but actually welcomed our diverse friends as friends of the family. When I found Christian Science I thought that in their own way they had evidenced the nature of the divine Parent as a Principle that applies its love equally to all its offspring.
Well, if “equal to all” then that divine Parent’s promise to set the solitary in families must have a way to include you into that promise.
The qualities a good family offers are security, acceptance, belonging, a “centre for the affections”, etc. These are, of course, expressions of the deeper Love that forever binds us to itself and embraces us unreservedly, whose nature is so sweetly expressed in Hymn 53 as “the arm we lean upon”
Everlasting arms of Love / Are beneath, around, above; / God it is who bears us on, / His the arm we lean upon.
He our ever-present guide / Faithful is, whate’er betide; / Gladly then we journey on, / With His arm to lean upon.
From earth’s fears and vain alarms / Safe in His encircling arms, / /He will keep us all the way, / God, our refuge, strength and stay.
Name Withheld, Journal Listed, CS
I have read a lot and shared several posts here about Danielle Steel, Gloria Vanderbilt and Judy Collins who all lost children to suicide. I see the profound love they all had for their sons although they were not gay. I would given my right arm to have any of them as my mom and that love. My hunch is that if their sons were gay these profound women would have loved them unconditionally.