01 May 2008
The pain in their eyes . . .
I noticed something in some eyes again today. It did not fill my soul with daffodil smiles like yesterday.
They were parents this time, not orphans. They had black veils over their faces. They wore rainbow mosaic stoles around their necks. Their ears had just heard, once again (but stronger this time), that their lesbian or gay child did not really belong in The United Methodist Church. Their eyes dropped tears.
I don't care what you believe or how your politics, theology or ideology inform your thoughts on homosexuality. How can anyone pass these eyes and not drop tears, too?
Their eyes held a pain I do not wish to see in their eyes forever.
*A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey