This is a powerful witness, XXXXX, and quite similar to my own experience of God's revelation regarding a wrong turn in my own life. I am grateful for the privilege of putting my name on record for it. Growing up as gay, I learned to accept the Church's fierce teaching about folks like me. I viewed my persistent longings, despite years of abstinence, therapy and prayer, as an abomination. I cowered in secrecy and saw myself as the worm that others took me to be. I loathed myself. I spent enormous amounts of time focused only on myself. I prayed long and hard for God to remake me. And God did. God acted not by sending me back into the womb or changing my plumbing, but by inviting me into another room. "Extricate yourself from this," God said, and on Labor Day weekend in 1973 Ernest invited me into Room 647 at the old Atlanta YMCA on Lucky Street. Spiritually I have never left that holy place. Soon Ernest also said, " "Extricate yourself from self-loathing: I love you." We courted for 5 months and then committed ourselves in marriage, on 2/2/74. It was only because Ernest said it that I learned God meant it in a way far bigger than Ernest and I together could ever imagine: "Extricate yourself from your fear of how I made you. I love you, just as you are." Accepting God's love frees us up from self-absorption. Our God is an awesome God and wants us to say to absolutely everybody, "Extricate yourself from this: I love you." Many will not likely hear God saying "I love you" until they hear one of us saying it first. Grace is amazing still. Our risen savior still intends rescue. Joy! Louie L. Louie Crew, L1 Newark. Member of Executive Council 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018. 973-395-1068 http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/rel..html Anglican Pages ----- Original Message ----- From: xxxxx xxxxxxxx To: <email@example.com Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2005 9:12 AM Subject: [HoB/D] A Risen Savior Intent on Rescue Posted but not written by, with the author requesting anonymity in light of the subject matter: **************** ********** Lay, ***************** A Risen Savior intent on Rescue A number of years ago, I had taken a "wrong turn." It was a turn away from Jesus and a turn toward my own selfish desires. For months, I rationalized my actions, attempted to "spiritualize" them?"this must be the leading of the Holy Spirit" I would lie to myself. I was leading a weekend retreat for a group in the parish. I was driving back to the parish to celebrate the morning Eucharist.. And then, suddenly, coming from my left, was an "inner voice"?not thought nor idea?it was a voice. The Voice said four simple words. "Extricate yourself from this." I could not help but take notice. I also knew very well what the voice was referring to?to my :"wrong turn." .......
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