This week I’ve been thinking a lot about parents who struggle to accept their LGBTQ kids and those who don’t. What is that they have in common? They love their child and they know that in the depth of their heart. That love is what guides them, even when they make mistakes.
It is love that has a parent know their child is LGBTQ long before they come out. It is love that allows them to see who their child is, sometimes even when they don’t want to. It is love that prevents them from rejecting their child even when they struggle to accept them as they are. It is love that ultimately guides those parents to a place of questioning what they thought they knew and believed. When they look at their child, they know that there is no mistake. That child is born to be who they are and that includes being LGBTQ.
It is that love that directs them to seek answers to their questions. And for some, there are so many questions. How do I reconcile this with what I’ve been taught in church? How can I let go of what I thought their life would be like? How do I accept a son when I thought I had a daughter (or vice versa)? Who will ever love and cherish my child? How will they get by in a world that can be so cruel to LGBTQ people? And many others.
Ultimately, they find that love is the answer to all their questions. That’s the bottom line. Love is the answer.