Hi Trish, sorry about your insomnia. But thanks for putting it to good use with your reflections. Though abortion is a very different situation, there are definitely parallels to the topic of this group, and you and Joy have both been able to articulate that.
One thing that strikes me about your story is juxtaposing the feverish message from the television preacher calling women out for being sinful vs the pastor in your household who said to his daughter that he would not support her child if she carried it to term. Talk about a lose-lose situation–women are truly damned if they do and also if they don’t.
One of the things I love about chaplaincy is that our work often nudges or forces us to see different perspectives of very volatile, charged issues, and to look beneath the issues to see the person/people underneath. Thank you for making this very real for us.