Reflecting on self-care as Christ-care


I just love what Anna Adams has to say in Self-Care as Christ-Care, a post on the Call & Response blog from a few weeks ago.  It’s been part of my inner-dialogue since I read it, and I think it’s stuck with me for a reason:

It’s incredibly easy for all of us to pick and choose our moments of self-care, isn’t it? I’m even proficient at coming up with theological reasons to disregard my health!

But, for me, as a Christian, incarnation lays down the trump card.

Image: Randy OHC

When I read Adams’ gentle reminder that I take the Body, make it part of my own flesh, and am instructed to live worthily of it, I’m forced to acknowledge: God knows the body. He knows what it is to abide in flesh, and he delights in our fleshly existence.

How, then, do I reflect that His flesh is an integral part of my own (or that my flesh is an integral part of His own)? How do you reflect Christ’s in-dwelling in the way you care for your own flesh?

Click here to read the full post by Anna Adams.

by Ellie Poole

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About Ellie Poole

Ellie is a Wellness Advocate at the Clergy Health Initiative. A native of Durham, she attended Wake Forest University, where she majored in History and Secondary Education. Additionally, Ellie has experience researching the Church's care for those with mental illnesses. She loves reading, running (outside!), NCAA basketball, and good coffee.

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