I was so nervous last Friday night as we gathered to offer the first preparation for couples who are going to have their same gender relationships blessed by God and the Church. I had never done this before. While I loved working with Gary Adams, Marty Wright, and Julia and Dwight Wolf on the design of the retreat, I was unsure how it would go, what to expect.
What a privilege to be with seven totally different couples as they shared how they met, what has gotten them through rocky patches, what practices sustain their friendship. That was just the opening ice breaker! Throughout the weekend we were engaged cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually, sharing stories of love and struggle. Learning tools to foster intimacy and trust. Gaining vocabulary to discuss differences and dreams.
Advent is a time of expectation and anticipation. God is birthing new hope and reality. It is happening here, among us!