Family Values

I believe in the traditional values of the nuclear family. Those values are not heterosexual. They are universal.

The prayers for The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage in The Book of Common Prayer are an epitome of family values:

Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. Amen.

Grant that their wills may be so knit together in your will, and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may grow in love and peace with you and one another all the days of their life. Amen.

Give them grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, and to seek each other’s forgiveness and yours. Amen.

Make their life together a sign of Christ’s love to this sinful and broken world, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair. Amen.

Bestow on them, if it is your will, the gift and heritage of children, and the grace to bring them up to know you, to love you, and to serve you. Amen.

We all are sinners. We all – regardless of sexuality – fall short of those prayers. The values they represent are nevertheless precious.

And He nevertheless extends His grace.

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