On 2/16/2014, a tragedy took place. Or so we thought. My sister’s son, Asher, experienced a severe brain injury during labor and delivery due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck while my sister pushed for 3.5 hours.
Things looked grim. They were very skeptical he would make it. He was in the NICU for 27 days. So much trauma!
These days I spend a good bit of time thinking about what I might call “trauma-induced theology”. I use this term to speak of how our trauma – both past and current – has deeply informed our understanding of God, as well as the church.
Trauma — physical, emotional, psychological — has come on our radar more and more in recent days. We talk about mental health, and we should. But mental health very rarely can be discussed without also working through trauma.
Take a moment and check out this new documentary film entitled The Wisdom of Trauma.