Last Sunday, I tackled the final petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” As I was preparing for the sermon I read a book that provided a powerful example of what it means to resist temptation in our lives, day in and out.
The book is Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill. In the book Hill reveals his life-long same-sex attraction and the pain and frustration that he has experienced as he has learned to live faithfully as a celibate gay Christian. Temptation is never completely gone from his life but he describes himself as “learning to struggle well, with others, in the presence of God.” What a hopeful way to describe the call to holiness in the Christian life!
I whole-heartedly recommend Washed and Waiting. It is a tender and honest reflection on love and faithfulness that left me in tears, longing for greater wholeness in my own life and for those I love. Hill shares wise and refreshing perspectives homosexuality and also on singleness, marriage, and our common mission to live faithfully as the Body of Christ in anticipation of his return to make all things new.