In which Marvin learns (through an unnamed church informant) that his recent letter to families is causing a church split.
He also shares an explanation why he reacted so strongly to being told he should not work with children–he brings his skeletons out of the closet.
Yes, you are a child of God. There is nothing wrong with you.
Hey Marvin. Wow, again, I can relate. It’s almost spooky.
I am so sad that it brought up all this crap for you.
When I was growing up, I always wanted to work with kids. I wanted to be a missionary. I wanted to teach.
And the first thing someone said to me when I came out was, “Well you can forget about working with kids.” And this was from a friend who was gay! I was so upset about that.
And that whole not being able to work with kids thing has been a very painful thing with me, as I think I’ve written to you about previously (I hope Peterson has been able to get you our comments; I know he’s been so busy lately).
Anyway, I know how it feels. And I still think it was good you wrote the letter…
And Willie is right – you are a child of God and there is not a thing wrong with you.
I think what touches me most, Marv, is your admission of having to use antidepressants. I began using these drugs 5 1/2 years ago, and they have been such a help in my life. (I have no doubt that I would be dead now without them.)
I have a suggestion, Buddy: you might want to consider seeing your physician to see if you may have “bottomed out.” This might be why everything seems so overwhelming right now.
Oh, I know you are going through a lot, but reevaluating your dosages might help you gain a new perspective. I know from experience…