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  1. A friend of mine posted a link to your post "Perish Every Fond Ambition." A mutual friend of ours saw it and immediately sent it to me. I read the post and was left speechless and in tears. Your little descriptive blurb under the glasses in the right column describes me almost exactly (minus sports). I've struggled with same-sex attraction for as long as I can remember and within the last year, have finally made that struggle known to a select group of immediate family and close friends. Not once in my entire life growing up in the church had I ever heard the gospel presented in such a way. Then I read the rest of your blog. Your struggles are and have been my struggles and sir, I am so very thankful for you. This blog has been a huge encouragement to me in the last couple of weeks and a means for directing prayer. Know that in that prayer, I am praying for you amidst your struggles, for peace, for joy and for encouragement and boldness as you grow in Christ and continuously learn how to love your neighbors. I look forward to meeting you when Christ returns.

    In Him,
    A Fellow Struggler

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, man. I appreciate your kind words, and I'm glad to hear that God is using my story to reveal His grace more in the lives of others. The gospel is good news to all who believe, but far too many churches are preaching it as good news to all who can get their act together. And brother, you and I need the gospel to be good news. Everyone needs that, but we need to hear that there is a purpose to our struggle, that our labors are not in vain, that we are loved with a never-ending, never-giving-up Love, and that one day every tear will indeed be wiped from our eyes, and every void will be filled to overflowing.

      Blessings to you, brother, and prayers your way too. Feel free to connect on twitter too if you have one (@themaskblog1) or via email (

      Grace & peace.