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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

TITLE: I will always love you
By Betty Overstreet


Her twelve year old son entered the room, a look of determination on his face. “Mom, I have to talk to you. I can’t stand to keep this to myself any longer”. She asked him what was so important that they had to talk about it right then.

His words were so devastating she quickly fell to the chair setting directly behind her. “Mom, I have known for a long time that I am not interested in girls-I think I am gay! Please don’t hate me, I can’t help what I am”.

“Son, I could never hate you. I love you with all my heart, she said, as she reached out her arms to hold him close”.

Her mind began spinning like a movie reel. She could vision various times she had scolded him and immediately wondered if she had been too strict, too quick to shout when he didn’t mind her.

It must be my fault this has happened, or, what about his dad, sometimes critical, perhaps expecting too much.”

No, she knew that wasn’t true. She and her husband were both Christians. They had raised their children to respect God and His Word. They had raised them with kindness and always listened to their problems and also their feelings on any subject.

As she sat close beside her son with her arms tightly around his shoulders, she felt totally confused. Which way to turn? What could she say? And then she realized the only thing she could do. She had to convince him that no matter what he decided she would always love him and respect him for the person he is and the man he will become, however, she also had to continue to do her duty as a mother and Christian.
She gently moved him aside, rose and walked to the coffee table to pick up the well-used family bible lying there. She then returned to sit next to him. “As your mom it is my responsibility to remind you that this is not a lifestyle that God approves of. Time and again God’s chosen leaders advised his followers of God’s wishes and demands. The verse that comes to my mind right now is Leviticus 18:22. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

There are many more verses that I can read to you if you would like to see them.

“But mom, I can’t help my feelings. I have always felt this way. Why would God make me this way if he didn’t want me to choose another guy instead of a girl. The scientists have proven…”

”Son, the scientists also claim to have proven we evolved from various species but we don’t accept that because we know everything and everyone was created by God”.

“Dear, I won’t say I know what you are going through but as your mother I have to teach you right from wrong as I have tried to do all your life. For some reason you are being tempted much as we are all tempted to have sexual encounters when we are not married. We have to resist many temptations as we grow and mature into the adults we are to become. One of those temptations has to do with having sex before marriage and the way parents try to help children resist is by setting rules. One of your father and my rules with all of you kids is you can not date until you are sixteen and prove to us that you are responsible to act in a respectable manner. Since you are only twelve, the age you are allowed to have a date or relationship is still several years a way. During that time we will discuss your future many times and lets see how you feel about your sexual choices at that time.”

“In the mean time, sweetheart, you must never worry about my love for you. You are my son and I love you very much…..Now how about having some of these yummy, hot, chocolate chip cookies that I took out of the oven just before you got home!

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c clemons08/24/07
Seemed like I'm the only one commenting on the ones that no one else will. I think that's unfair there's always something to say encouraging. Your article touched on a very revelant topic today. Our youth are going thru this "who am I sexually" based on the world. I am glad you took the son back to the word and the assurance that whatever he may question, never question your love. Keep writing.
Laurie Walker08/24/07
A very difficult subject indeed. One every parent may dread.

I truly appreciated your describing it as temptation. Too many say they don't have a choice, but there's always a choice. The mother's voice seemed truly a comfort to her son.
Dee Yoder 08/25/07
I agree that the temptation to sin should not be seen as an invitation to sin! You wrote a loving article for those who are struggling with this issue in their homes. Very clear and descriptive writing.
Loretta Kibby08/25/07
Love and compassion wrapped in truth. Isn't that the way that God loves all of us? Holding both mom and son in the heart wrenching difficulties of life. Nicely done!
Helen Murray08/26/07
This article comes beautifully into the "how to" category. "How to"s are the most popular and in demand kind of writing. Mum handled this tough situation in an exemplary manner and it is one all parents need to be prepared for in some way in these multi-choice days. Loved the treatment
Jacquelyn Horne08/27/07
A very controversial subject here. You handled it nicely. Of course there will be more to come, but not here and not right now. I like the fact that you stressed your love for him. We need to always be there for our children, no matter what.
Joanne Sher 08/31/07
Congratulations, Betty. In addition to placing third in intermediate, your entry also has placed 23rd overall. The Lists for the Top 15 in each Level and the Top 40 overall are available in the Weekly Results and Highest Rankings forum of our Faithwriters Message Boards.
gene hudgens09/03/07

Betty, I enjoy your theme and your style. I write intensively on the subject of sex education. I strongly feel that a loving Christian family is the most important element of a child’s development. All children feel confused as they mature and I strongly feel that effective sex education (beginning about age six) is an extremely important element for their safety and their healthy adjustment through the teen years.Gene Hudgens