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June 04, 2009



one of the most profound and beautiful stories in the bible. so simple and yet so intricate, so real and so uplifiting. being female i guess i have a female perspective but i can honestly say, female love is just so..............

some may not know too, that ruth was the great-grandmother of the great king david, who was the lover of jonathon. think it's in the genes?

Kittredge Cherry

Thanks, Penny Jane, for pointing out the David connection. Another of Ruth’s illustrious descendants is Jesus Christ! The genealogy of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew lists her. It’s mostly a male lineage, and Ruth is one of only four women who are included.


thanks kitt. i was aware, of course, that Jesus was of the house of david, but somehow must have overlooked the explicit mention of ruth in matthew's geneology.

i do individual bible reading for folks in a local nursing home one day a week. my habit is to ask the individual what they'd like to hear...very often their response is...whatever. most often then i will choose to read ruth for them. only takes about 25 minutes to read but the joy can last all day. i'm sure i must have read it well over a thousand times and i still can't seem to get enough...what a wonderful story it is.

just on the side...i have one little lady who likes me to read for her...i ask her what she'd like to hear..her response is inevitably..."read me that part about Jesus!" (giggle) can't seem to get enough of that either.

much love and hope. pj

Kittredge Cherry

What a lovely thing to do -- reading the Bible aloud at a nursing home. It lifts my spirits just to har about it. I would never have thought of reading the book of Ruth. I would probably pick “that part about Jesus” or the book of Isaiah…

Can’t resist adding some personal favorites from Isaiah:

"But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

And then there’s this passage beloved by many GLBT folks:
"To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant-
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will not be cut off."
Isaiah 56:4-5


hi kitt. i, too, love reading the prophets, especially jeramiah and isaiah. it is an insight from studying just these two prophets that has led me to a very peaceful conclusion....the marriage between myself and my wife is blessed by God.

the essential inigma of phophesy, how do we know the strentgh and truth of prophesy and the answer to that question put all my doubts to rest. we know the strength and power of the prophesy by it's accuracy. of course this generally leaves us doing retrospective analysis, but not always.

as my annie and i began pondering our marriage in the new light of our "same sex" status we found ourselves pretty confused. i know, a confused quaint! but at any rate, i didn't...and surely annie didn't, really have a firm understanding of my gender for most of our lives. i did assume the male role, the male status and for all intents and purposes during the first many years of our marriage i accepted my own maleness as inevitable. so when we first brought our marriage before the Lord for His blessing, we did so under the illusion of male and female...the traditional understanding. we were pronounced "husband and wife" and that was just that.

now, later we came to find this to be untrue. "we" found this to be the case...undoubtably God wasn't surprised by our later understanding of our "same sexness", He knew all along what was really going on. so for the first 25 years of our marriage we suffered under a false assumption, God didn't. the proof is in the pudding....our marriage was blessed by Him for that 25 years...the proof? the marriage not only survived, but thrived. during the past five years, the years since our "enlightenment" the marriage has grown even stronger and closer. so, i think it not very likely at all that the marriage, same sex and all, isn't very blessed by God.

the proof of the prophesy is in it's outcome. the proof of the blessing is in it's outcome. how can one question the blessing when the outcome is that of love and strength? we learned this not just from the words of The Word, but from the "Life of The Word." today we feel perfectly comfortable with bringing our new and enlightened understanding before the Lord on our 30th anniversary to renew our vows and ask His continued blessing.

just another of those unexpected blessings that come from keeping close quarters with the written "Word".

much love and hope. pj

Kittredge Cherry

Thanks for sharing your amazing personal story and faith journey. I will take time to reflect on it, but I can’t help posing a question that popped into my mind: Is your marriage still considered “legal” by the government?



same sex marriage is not legal in indiana. however; there is no procedure in place for the state to anull a marriage unless the anullment is advocated by at least one of the "married". in other words, the state has no process for anulling a marriage unless one of the participants asks for it. they cannot "unmarry" us without consent far...they have not legislated a necessary divorce as there used to be in some places. so, since we (indiana) recognize genitalia as the only gender identifier and i have had grs we are in fact living in a state sanctified same sex marriage.

it's untested...nobody really knows what might happen if the can of worms gets opened up in public.....but sometimes i'm tempted....(annie has never known any such temptation)...she's smarter than me...pushing envelopes rarely is the smart way to go....but eventually it'll be a fight worth fighting....when it's ripe.

more than state edification i am interested in the full recognition of my church. this is why i want to bring our marriage into the church, to be married in the sanctuary by our wife and wife.

the larger church (presbyterian usa) defines marriage as between a man and a woman....that's an envelope we're pushing and pushing hard and meeting with some real successes. our pastor, for instance, says it will be his honor to perform the ceremony in our sanctuary...knowing full well the potential consequences...other pastors have been brought up on charges in the church's high courts...making life quite difficult for's a principle for which they apparently feel is worth the fight. i also have heard no objections from the congregation.

shows what changes can happen when we engage and trust one another. just four years ago it wasn't at all certain that i might even be welcome at i am a member in good standing...feeling all the love and support any of us expect.

much love and hope. pj


God: "I now pronounce you wife and wife."

interesting how often that very passage is used in hetero-weddings. i guess beauty is gender-blind.

much love and hope. pj

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