And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin
Coming Out stories are as varied as the individuals who live them. Of course, we know that coming out never truly stops. You come out in big and small ways almost every time you enter a room. Yet, there is a moment when your identity becomes your own…when you are ready to step out to YOURSELF as well as to the people close to you. What a sweet, tender, and holy moment that deserves a pause of not just recognition, but celebration! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are you and a gift to this world. Not only do you not have to hide your authentic self from God, you can have it celebrated through the pastoral blessing of a faith leader.
Why rituals? Rituals are a marker that acknowledges and honors the past while embracing hope for the future. Rituals have a way of providing a sacred pause in the midst of an ordinary life. Rituals offer space for our inner worlds and outer worlds to mingle and find congruence. In a world that is often lived in isolation and with distance, rituals bring people together, help us connect, and create a sense of belonging. Rituals lead us in the important and healing work of meaning making and creating purpose. Rituals are rites of passages that help us connect the threads of our lives into a meaningful tapestry and story. Rituals tell the story of our lives.