“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey
I’m really excited to have Kate Wiebe provide an ongoing series on her experiences in counseling – in so many different situations, but particularly in trauma – and her reflections, which are so applicable to every day life. She writes:
“This series will explore the tender spaces of home, neighboring, and response-ability in the world today, by asking questions, highlighting examples, and seeking biblical guidance for faith formation in everyday living. A place that considers where and how economies of care are practiced and grown through common encounters.”
Her academic and ministerial background in counseling is extensive, but she makes it accessible and real to the layperson. Look for her posts twice a month!
Kate Wiebe is the Executive Director of the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG) and a National Responder for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She is a trained pastoral psychotherapist and traumatologist. Kate lives with her family in Santa Barbara, CA.
In the Series:
September 16: Speaking of Awareness