Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year – though Christmas and Halloween are not too far behind. We get to spend time with family and friends, eat lots of good food and reflect on all that you’re thankful for in life. It’s a uniquely American tradition, so if you live outside the US you may be a bit perplexed (what is Thanksgiving), though I believe there are other countries (like Canada) which also celebrate thanksgiving as a close of the harvest season. Regardless of where you live, I think all of us would benefit from taking some time to be grateful for the many blessings in our life.
I’ve had a few people comment that being transgendered is not a ‘blessing’ they feel they can be thankful for, sometimes questioning whether there is any blessing to being transgendered. Personally I am deeply thankful for my transgender blessing. My life has been forever altered for the good by being transgendered.
I have more love and acceptance of those different from me. I have been humbled by not becoming the epitome of everything society would have me be, and in turn learned to cherish the diversity of all creation. I’ve made some wonderful friends. As a Christian it would have been easy to fall into rigid, rule-based religion that valued conformance over tolerance, exclusion over love. Being transgendered has given me a deeper understanding of the love Jesus had when he ate with ‘tax collectors and sinners’ and spent time among the unloved and forgotten.
Though far from perfect, I am a better person for being transgendered. I think it has allowed me follow more closely in the footsteps of Jesus.
To all the readers of Crossdresser Heaven, I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. Cherish the time you spend with family and friends, and reflect on all you’ve been given in this life. If you’re spending this Thanksgiving alone, I’m with you in spirit and hope that even though we’ve never met that you feel loved and special. Rememver, there is one who will never leave you, who will never forsake you. One far greater than I, who made you in His image – beautiful and wonderful.
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