Friday, April 14, 2006

How could anyone?

On Wednesday night I went to meet up with Soulforce's Equality Riders. They were here in Denver after having come from BYU, about to go to Colorado Christian University the next day. The local Denver PFLAG chapter was hosting them, complete with some chair massages and vegetarian dinner. I went to the event to see a friend from GCN (who happened not to be there that night, unfortunately).

But still, it was great to see all these folks so dedicated to bringing the truth about GLBT people to college campuses around the country. Having done an action with Soulforce in the past, I know what a challenging, draining, and moving experience it is. I was able to share dinner with some of the riders and spent some time talking to one rider in particular, Carolyn, who patiently and graciously answered so many questions while trying to eat her dinner.

During one point in the following PFLAG presentation, a lesbian and her partner (of 17 years? 21 years? anyway, it was a long time, just in case you're paying attention Alan Chambers) had us sing two songs. The last song was just the simple chorus How Could Anyone written by Libby Roderick.
How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle;
How deely you're connected to my soul.
Not surprisingly, this hits me in a pretty tender spot right now. I couldn't hold back the tears. I bought a recording of the song on iTunes and have played it endlessly for the last two nights. I need to hear this message so badly. Maybe someone reading my blog does, too.


  1. What great lyrics you quoted from that song. It is a wonder how fundamentalist religions always begin their shakedown of you by telling you how ugly, stained and rebellious you are by just having been born. First they have to implant this notion of your "sickness" into your head so that they can then propose themselves as the cure.

  2. Hi Christine,

    You are BEAUTIFUL! You are WHOLE! You are a MIRACLE!

    Bless ya,

  3. Steve and Eric.

    Thank you. Just...thank you.

    Steve, you are spot-on.

    Eric, you have no idea how much I need to hear that...thank you.