I could give you a list of the types of trauma I’ve been close to just in this past year–it’s a lot. That in addition to daily events in the world. But when you are pastoring among those experiencing trauma, you’re focused (rightly) on how to be a caring presence in that situation. We “take upon ourselves their form and their necessity.”
Perhaps what I have under-estimated, and this week has revealed, is what I need to do to continue to be a healthy presence among those experiencing trauma. This is made difficult by the fact that, like trauma itself, addressing secondary trauma cannot be placed with schemes of prior knowledge.