Practicing Empathy

Originally published at Horizons Resources

One of the tell-tale signs of illness, specifically mental illness, is a disassociation with the body. People who have experienced trauma tend to become out of sync with their bodies - their hair begins falling out, their skin itches, they think of their body as a foreign object they can no longer control.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he calls the church a body, an organism with hands that bend and stretch, legs that walk, eyes that see. He writes,” Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (12:5)

Just like synchronization in our physical bodies is a sign of health, synchronization among members of the body of Christ is a form of spiritual health. Paul goes on to instruct the church in ways of loving each other well, giving rapid-fire suggestions of actionable love. Honor. Share. Bless. Included in that list is what I have found to be one of the more difficult parts of the Christian faith: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” (Romans 12:15-16) Continue Reading...