Stained Glass Masquerade

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A few months ago I wrote this post about the church’s response to hurting adoptive families (or really, hurting families period). I know from corresponding with so many adoptive families that our churches (and we ourselves) need to make changes. We all need to be a lot more transparent and so much less judgmental.

Any new thoughts about how to find/embrace the church and its family? If you’re at a supportive church, how did you find it and what do you do to educate them? If you’re lost and hiding from the one place you should find acceptance, what would you tell a church that would help you the most?

“Stained Glass Masquerade”

Is there anyone that fails

Is there anyone that falls

Am I the only one in church today feelin’ so small

Cause when I take a look around

Everybody seems so strong

I know they’ll soon discover

That I don’t belong

So I tuck it all away, like everything’s okay

If I make them all believe it, maybe I’ll believe it too

So with a painted grin, I play the part again

So everyone will see me the way that I see them

Are we happy plastic people

Under shiny plastic steeples

With walls around our weakness

And smiles to hide our pain

But if the invitation’s open

To every heart that has been broken

Maybe then we close the curtain

On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone who’s been there

Are there any hands to raise

Am I the only one who’s traded

In the altar for a stage

The performance is convincing

And we know every line by heart

Only when no one is watching

Can we really fall apart

But would it set me free

If I dared to let you see

The truth behind the person

That you imagine me to be

Would your arms be open

Or would you walk away

Would the love of Jesus

Be enough to make you stay 

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  1. Looking forward to seeing the comments! I’m doing a presentation at Cornerrstone Festival this week on how churches and communities can better suppot adoptive families among them. Still have time to add in anything I have missed! 🙂


  2. I have been so blessed to have a supportive church and church-school family. We have always been very active, and we were very open with people about our kids’ challenges when they joined our family as foster children. I always figure more information=education=better understanding.

    When we struggled recently with our daughter, we were amazed at how many other parents of kids who go to school with ours told us they were praying for us. We do deal with the “you’re a saint” mentality, but I just give God the glory for the wonderful things he’s done in our kids’ lives.

    To be honest, I don’t know if we did something special, or if this is just a special group of people. A lot has to do with the pastors’ leading. When our kids were baptized at ages 7 & 8, shortly after their finalization (our church practices infant baptism), the pastor tied his sermon into the baptism and “adoption as sons” theme – many tears that day.

    Some other moms and I (all parents of kids w/ invisible disabilities) met with a pastor from the larger church body who wants to work on expanding support for families like ours. We encouraged them to make sure the challenges we face are part of the instruction in their teacher and pastoral training programs, so that they develop an understanding of how to incorporate all families into the congregation.

  3. Beautiful! I have a post on my blog with this exact song. Must be on the hearts of RAD mama’s nationwide. (((hugs))))

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