Originally Posted by BrianB
My mom would also say she was praying for me. I asked her what she was praying for. She said 'That God's will be done in your life." She would then tell me what God's will was for my life. I said "That's you're interpretation." I would pray for God's will to be done in her life. We would hug and say I love you. That would be the end of it until the next visit.
Mom passed away 2 years ago. Hopefully she is in a better place. I don't miss the arguments but I do miss the "I love you's."
To Brian and others reading this thread,
Brian, I'm sorry you no longer have your Mom to say "I love you."
Please bear with me, I'm an ~70-year-old evangelical PFLAG dad (no, that is not an oxymoron.) I've finally decided to share something that has been on my heart for some time.
Long ago I decided that it is important for me to pray for the 'them' (of the “us and them”) in our lives. I make it a part of my regular prayer life to pray for "the church" (I pray for individual leaders I know, by name, you can insert the names of others you know instead.) I pray that they will have a Damascus Road experience to convince them that God created in His own image, gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual brothers and sisters in Christ, and neighbors he intends should added to His flock. Christ enjoined us to love our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in faith. I ask that those who lead His church understand the truly radical nature of this call to love. That they be changed so that they will henceforth teach us that all must be allowed to use their God given gifts to His honor, praise and glory, in His church and in the community, that we be taught to embrace all who acknowledge Christ as Savior, and that we honor and support all who are doing their best to raise or be a family, giving them credit for their effort to sustain a relationship we should all acknowledge as a marriage. Ask God to help our leaders see that we need to invite all our neighbors to faith without the precondition that they be like us.
Please join me in praying for the church and for its leaders. Be bold in the choice of names you select. Be clear in what you are requesting. Pray often and pray with the confidence that God hears your prayers. Remember the parable of the woman and the judge in Luke 18. If enough of us get to work on this God knows what we may accomplish.
After all, He used a cradle Lutheran lesbian partner to lead my 35-year-old daughter to accept Christ and request baptism. I look forward to the day when the same will be true for my 40-year-old son and his partner, neither of whom currently attend church today.