01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Spiritual Challenge to the LGBTQI Community: Pray!

Darlings, we are some of the most spiritual people on the planet. You know this. I know this because I live it and so do you. What's my point? I've had it with the outrage about Rev. Rick Warren getting his two minutes in the freezing cold sunshine during the invocation at Obama's Inaugural.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't like his theology or his politics. That's not the point. The point is that I'm tired of living in outrage. I'm tired of hearing about this gay mucky-mucky "decrying" Obama's choice. Or that queer activist feeling "disappointed" in Obama. Or that by this choice Obama has "ruined" his inauguration. Okay, I get it--we're outraged.

Where does outrage stop and genuine spiritual practice begin? I'm asking, really.You know and I know that prayer changes things in a big way. Prayer is, in fact, the one thing I am certain changes things. We've all seen it. Impersonal prayer for the highest good for all concerned carries a big dollop of miracle when it's answered.

So what are we doing, LGBTQI prayer warriors? Are we expending our energy in outrage or are we using our own varied forms of prayer to lift up Obama, the inauguration, and our beloved community for the highest good for everyone, everywhere, every when? No exceptions.

Where there is no vision, sang the Psalmist, the people perish. I far prefer my own paraphrase: where there are no people, the vision perishes. Here's a new vision -- catch it if you can!

Gay Christians enter into their prayer closets, and affirm the highest good for us all.
Lesbian Jews wrap themselves in their prayer shawls, and give thanks for the manifestation of the highest good for us all. Bisexual pagan priestesses remember that Nature holds only the highest good for us all. Transgendered shamans, honored two-spirits, dance their prayers for the highest good for us all. Queer Buddhists sit in their meditations, watching their thoughts and remembering the highest good for us all. Intersex recovery folk invoke their Higher Power for highest good for us all. Queer-curious people of all faiths ask for their own highest good and that of all others. Closeted, fearful gay people all over the world pray in the silence of their isolation that the highest good for all us come to be.

You see the pictures, don't you?

I truly understand and appreciate the outrage, Beloved Ones, but I know better than to think it ultimately serves us. And so do you. Instead, come with me into the sacred space of prayer as best you know how. Remember that the highest good for all is really that -- highest -- and for all.

Oh, and bless the misguided, hate-filled Rev. Warren as well. God knows how to change his hardened heart and mind. We don't.

And take comfort -- he's getting only two minutes of his fifteen minutes of fame. Even if these two aren't to our taste, let's get to work to change the remaining thirteen.

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