When I held our newborn Khenna for the first time I fell head over heels into his innocence. What would this precious bundle of potential become? I imagined his entire life. I reveled in his limitless possibilities, but I never thought for a second that he might grow up to become a woman.
About a year ago, Khenna told us, “I’m a boy on the outside but a girl underneath.”
While I publically applauded Khenna’s individuality, privately I lamented the loss of my son. I know the pain of losing a child. Our first child was stillborn. How could God expect me to walk that road again?
When I am overwhelmed by the daunting responsibility of raising a transgender child, I remind myself about what is important to God. The psalmist declares, “LORD, . . . You formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (139:1, 13-14).
This message is an excerpt from “Faith reflections: Change keeps on changing,” by Angela T. Khabeb in the October 2017 issue of Café.
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