Grace, from Ballast, by Georgette Kelly

GRACE. (trans woman)
First, I would like to thank you for such a warm welcome
to your community.
Joining a new church can be…
It’s a new transition.
Full of old questions:
How has the past pushed me?
Where will the future find me?
What will this new day hold?
The psalmist wrote,
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I fall down.
You know when I rise up.
And I will rise up.
If I take wings—
the wings of the morning—
the wings of my mourning—
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall guide me.
Even the darkness?
Is not dark to you.
The night is as bright as the day.
The night is as bright…
as the light.
You formed my inward parts;
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
In your book are written all the days—
even this one—
before they exist.
And here they are.

Context: What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile Xavier is haunted by the nightmares he sees staring back at him from the mirror. Ballast tells the story of two relationships between transgender and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.

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