Self care means setting boundaries so that people don’t abuse you
It means saying no
It means tearing down the structures that don’t serve people
Jesus knew about self care
Jesus would have torn up the ordination test into pieces
He would have held the traumatized and told them their gifts were worthy of the church
Jesus would say this does not need an overture, he would have healed the wounds immediately
Jesus would have listened to those arguing for order and structure and tradition and asked, patiently, with compassion: where do you hurt?
Jesus would have said well done good and faithful servants to the committees who put in 3 years of work, and then dismissed them to do other things, not to worry that everything would be changed
Jesus would then sit and tell people the beautiful story of the kin(g)dom; where peace is everlasting, everyone has food and shelter and healthcare, no one argues over the color of the carpet, and violence is unnecessary
And the children will play
And everyone will have access to their counselors, their comfort books, movies and music
Before they snuggle up and sleep safe and warm.
Because pain is not holy, trauma is not holy
But healing and love and access to the means to do so…that is