Powerlessness is one of the most frightening and isolating experiences humans can have. And sexual minorities are subject to this experience more than most. The grief of unmet and unchanging desires; the rejection or mistreatment we experience when we tell others about our sexuality; and the disappointment with the God that we feel when he says "no" to prayers we've prayed for years are all experiences of powerlessness. The experience of powerlessness in these situations can lead us to work as hard as we can to overcome it, resign to it in despair, or numb ourselves to the pain of it. But, powerlessness can be one of the most transformative experiences in the life of the Christian. It can be an opportunity to experience the nearness and compassion of the God who also made himself powerless. It can be an opportunity to connect our suffering to the suffering of the world. And, when experienced in union with Jesus, powerlessness can shape us into hopeful people who can shepherd others through their own experiences of death and resurrection.
Luke is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Co-Director of New Hope Counseling Services, a counseling center located in Chesterfield and Wentzville, MO. Luke has been helping same-sex-attracted men navigate the unique struggles that impact their emotional, relational, and spiritual lives since 2006. Luke lives in Wentzville, MO with his wife Jen and his 2 boys.