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Tell It Slant – Reach for It

Mark 5:21-43, NRSV


The day I married Amanda, however, I bore my scars with pride. All those years before, I thought they told a story about a neurotic queer who was broken and deranged. I thought they were a symbol of my failure. Something shifted when I opened my body to love, when I allowed it to be seen and held and caressed. I finally understood the scars told a story of a girl who was born into a system that tried to kill her, one that demanded she change, hide, make herself smaller and smaller, until she disappeared. And by the grace of God, I survived.

— Julie Rodgers, Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival Story


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