How very hopeful and life-giving it is
when coming out is experienced in community!
The sweet and precious knowing on the inside
poured out and running over –
maybe with wonder and newness,
maybe with the letting go
of so many, long-held defenses,
maybe risking danger
or loss of tender relationships –
finds a new holy kindred
when shared among faces of acceptance.
It spills out over everything —
a laughter that won’t stop till the belly hurts,
tears shiny on cheeks, damp down the collar.
Coming Out is a little like dew,
a sparkling on the thirsty spirit,
that becomes part of life when the sun rises,
and it is also like a mountain – strong, true,
seen by others from a distance,
so they do not lose their way.
This is a day God has ordained
as a blessing –
God, whose wisdom no one can own,
whose love no one can limit,
gives a blessing no one can take away.