I am a mother of a son who is gay. I would like to tell you my story. I was brought up in a Christian home and have attended the same Evangelical Covenant Church all of my life. My grandfather was a founder of our local church in the late 1800’s. I met my husband there. We have three grown children: two daughters and a son. Our involvement at church has always been an important part of our lives and it still is. We both sing in the choir and have served in many different capacities. It was 19 years ago when our son, Jim, moved into his own home that he had just built. I began to notice that he seemed lonely, sad and distant. Of course, I was praying that he would meet a nice Christian girl. He had many girlfriends but, one by one, they were getting married.
As a mother, you know your child. I knew that Jim was deeply unhappy. I mentioned to my daughters that I was concerned. For the first time, I began to question Jim’s sexual orientation. One night, I was so concerned for Jim that I could not sleep. I went into the den and knelt down and cried out to God. First of all, I prayed for Jim, asking God to surround him with His love. Then I prayed that God would restore Jim’s sense of peace and joy. Finally, I prayed for myself. If Jim was gay, how could we accept this? I was taught when I was growing up that the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. How would our church handle this? What would our friends and family think and say? Continue reading Nancy Carlson: My Story