My stained-glass window depicts 4 phases of my life.
When I was young, I grew up in an evangelical church that taught me God loved me. I knew I was gay, and was taught this was a sin, and separated me from God’s love.
For much of my life, I lived as a straight man and felt God was looking down on me, judging me for being gay. I never thought that as a gay man God would love me as I was.
In recent years, I have been receiving counselling to help me come to terms with my sexuality and childhood trauma. My brokenness has been mended by the cross, even though the scars, still visible, remind me of who I am. Just like a kintsugi bowl.
I can now see that God has always loved for me JUST AS I AM. The shame I felt in the past has lifted. I am walking with God day by day, excited for the journey of faith ahead.