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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: I will always love you
By Betty Overstreet
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His words were so devastating she quickly fell to the chair setting directly behind her. “Mom, I have known for a long time that I am not interested in girls-I think I am gay! Please don’t hate me, I can’t help what I am”.
“Son, I could never hate you. I love you with all my heart, she said, as she reached out her arms to hold him close”.
Her mind began spinning like a movie reel. She could vision various times she had scolded him and immediately wondered if she had been too strict, too quick to shout when he didn’t mind her.
It must be my fault this has happened, or, what about his dad, sometimes critical, perhaps expecting too much.”
No, she knew that wasn’t true. She and her husband were both Christians. They had raised their children to respect God and His Word. They had raised them with kindness and always listened to their problems and also their feelings on any subject.
As she sat close beside her son with her arms tightly around his shoulders, she felt totally confused. Which way to turn? What could she say? And then she realized the only thing she could do. She had to convince him that no matter what he decided she would always love him and respect him for the person he is and the man he will become, however, she also had to continue to do her duty as a mother and Christian.
She gently moved him aside, rose and walked to the coffee table to pick up the well-used family bible lying there. She then returned to sit next to him. “As your mom it is my responsibility to remind you that this is not a lifestyle that God approves of. Time and again God’s chosen leaders advised his followers of God’s wishes and demands. The verse that comes to my mind right now is Leviticus 18:22. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
There are many more verses that I can read to you if you would like to see them.
“But mom, I can’t help my feelings. I have always felt this way. Why would God make me this way if he didn’t want me to choose another guy instead of a girl. The scientists have proven…”
”Son, the scientists also claim to have proven we evolved from various species but we don’t accept that because we know everything and everyone was created by God”.
“Dear, I won’t say I know what you are going through but as your mother I have to teach you right from wrong as I have tried to do all your life. For some reason you are being tempted much as we are all tempted to have sexual encounters when we are not married. We have to resist many temptations as we grow and mature into the adults we are to become. One of those temptations has to do with having sex before marriage and the way parents try to help children resist is by setting rules. One of your father and my rules with all of you kids is you can not date until you are sixteen and prove to us that you are responsible to act in a respectable manner. Since you are only twelve, the age you are allowed to have a date or relationship is still several years a way. During that time we will discuss your future many times and lets see how you feel about your sexual choices at that time.”
“In the mean time, sweetheart, you must never worry about my love for you. You are my son and I love you very much…..Now how about having some of these yummy, hot, chocolate chip cookies that I took out of the oven just before you got home!
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