“My Great Hunger”
Text: “About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.” The voice said to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.” — Acts 10:9-16
Excerpt: “On the first night of detox, between tremors and vomiting as I tossed and turned in a bed of my own fevered sweat, I could have sworn that I heard a familiar voice within me once more. I chalked it up to the hallucinations of withdrawal, but its cadence is as clear to me now as it was eighteen years ago: You have never been alone. You were never unclean. And you were never meant to be hungry. I am still here. Now kill and eat, Kenny.”
Kenny Pierce, a native of Southern California, came out in 1985 as the AIDS epidemic raged around him in the Greater Los Angeles area and later during his years spent living in San Francisco. He is passionate about God and about the needs of the changing Church. He is dedicated to building bridges to the survivors and their families and friends, alienated and disillusioned by the Church’s betrayal and silence during the “gay genocide” in those earliest years of HIV/AIDS in America. Pierce lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter (@KennyRayPierce) and on his blog, Tangentials.
Kenny Pierce also contributed “A Remembrance in Two Parts: The Man on the Van Ness Bus and Lazarus.”