chronic pain, soul care & better theology

kathyescobar faith shifts, healing, spiritual formation 17 Comments

“when we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope” – henri nouwen * * * * * one year ago today i had back surgery to repair a gnarly ruptured disc.  it was one of the scariest things i have ever done.  as someone who had never had a serious injury and rarely takes any medicine, and …

“desperate”, chronic pain & bad theology

kathyescobar healing, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 15 Comments

“in this crazy world, there’s an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. but in the eyes of God, they’re never separated. where there is pain, there is healing. where there is mourning, there is dancing. where there is poverty, there is the kingdom…” henri nouwen * * * * * years ago i went toe to toe with an elder at a church who told me that i needed to stop using the word “desperate” because “he and most of his …