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“Easter’s Healing Touch” in the midst of Covid-19

Came across an article about the Healing Touch of Easter even in the midst of shelter in place and in our isolation. Author talks about embodied suffering. And the healing that comes in embodied vulnerable “wounded healer,” God who does not run away from our suffering but touches our wounds with compassion. We can each become a wounded healer to others. Uplifting 5 min read on WSJ Easter’s Healing Touch, but in case you don’t have subscription, see excerpt below.

Gracy Olmstead writes: “Trauma is a physical, not just an emotional or spiritual, reality; stress and anxiety manifest themselves in bodily tension and sickness. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that “recognizing and identifying our suffering is like the work of a doctor diagnosing an illness. He or she says, ‘If I press here, does it hurt?’” The body and spirit are deeply wrapped up together, the pain of the one manifesting itself in the suffering of the other.

“The message of Easter is that God is not a distant, far-off spiritual being but one who assumed a human body, with all its vulnerability, in order to die a bloody, torturous death for a broken world. “In the Christian story God descends to reascend,” wrote C.S. Lewis. “He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still…to the very roots and seabed of the Nature He created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.”

“The Dutch priest and theologian Henri Nouwen called the God we meet in the Gospels a “Wounded Healer.” He writes that the resurrected Jesus continues to nurse our wounds: the wounds we bear in our souls, first and foremost, but also those we bear in our flesh and in our world. And Nouwen suggests that through Jesus, we can ourselves become wounded healers—one of “those who do not run away from our pains but touch them with compassion.””

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