“When you take the leap, we will be there to catch you,” he said, his palms faced up and arms opened wide.
I stood in the silence, no words came to mind. The leap was terrifying, even foolish.
And these smiling people said they’d be there for us, that they’d catch us. I knew full well that they had no clue what they were promising. They knew nothing of the shunning. They could only wince with compassion at the emotional pain we had and would continue to feel as we turned to walk away from everything we had ever known. The threats, the letters promising our eternal condemnation, the phone calls, the loss of family, friends, home, job, identity, future – these people knew nothing of the cost.
And how could they? They were elders in a nearby church, but they had little experience with loving a young, vulnerable family whose ground beneath them had just given way – the ground they thought was solid and truth and right, maybe even the only right in the world. [Read more…]