Abbey leaves wearing her tie dyed shirt in support of her LGBTQ friends.
In middle school I was going to things like Meet You At the Pole and having Bible studies with my friends. My kid is wearing shirts in solidarity with a community that I would have been praying for under the flag.
As I drove past the other middle schoolers wearing their shirts I couldn’t help but think about how differently my kids are growing up in our household versus my experience at a conservative Christian school. No matter how much I KNOW it’s ok, I can’t help but wonder if I am doing this right. How did I end up at such a different place than I was brought up? Am I hurting my children? Am I truly walking away from everything I was taught to be true?
Now I am home and the thoughts continue to swirl. And I think, no.
This is not so different from how I was raised. This is two sides of the same coin.
I was taught to love.
I was taught to stand up for injustice.
I was taught to think for myself.
I was taught to see everyone as equal.
I did it differently at age 13, but I wasn’t so different. Those truths have impacted me deeply and I now live into them in my own way.
In the end this thought gives me deep peace-