Finding the Rainbow

Finding Rainbows!

22 Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!

“So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.

“The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10 So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are called, but few are chose

     Twenty-two years ago on October 6,1998, Matthew Shepherd was beaten and left for dead—tied to a fence in Wyoming. The only part of his face not covered in blood were  two white lines running down his cheeks from where his tears ran dry. His death ignited a fight for equality and calls us simply to be human, to love our fellow human beings. Matthew was gay, and his death is symbolic of the hate and discrimination that is often given to LGTB Q people.

    Equality for LGBTQ  will truly be manifested when we have “a revolution of the heart” and everyone is seen as a child of God.

    Sarah’s story describes a journey that many experience. She was raised in the South. It was tough. She was in the closet half her life. Her vocation as in a homophobic institution, which is still the same today.

    She suffered from severe depression, fearful she would discovered. During that time she had several therapists, and each one would try to “change her”, and one reported her to the organization resulting in her being dismissed. Sarah has never trusted a  therapist since that time.

    Sarah became a sex worker and reinvented her life, and now is a counselor. Today she finds that her guard must always be up, always the possiblity of being hurt.

    We need to be aware that danger still lurks. Matthew was killed because of hatred and misunderstanding.

    I was invited to attend his burial at Washington Natural Cathredral and watched it on zoom instead. In his statement, the father spoke loud and clear how homophobia is a live and well. They were at peace now because Matthew would be safe, they were afraid to bury his ashes any where else. Homophobia followed Matthew in death for twenty-one years. He is safe now, buried in honor.

    The question I asked myself I often:

“How do I find the energy to keep loving when the world seems to be going the other way?”

    Personally, my answer to the the question is found in these words:

“I have seen Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows with a harp and a sword in my hands.” “Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on A Road.

    Ultimately to find “the peaky mountain  wrapped in rainbows,” we must remember that in the finality of life the only thing that matters is love.

    We honor Matthew today, rest in peace!

    Deo Gratias! Thanks be To God!


Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



National Coming Out Day is October 11–Send an     LGBGTQ a message through text or phone. Celebrate who they are. Thank them for their courage in coming out.

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