How Can We Care for Those with Serious Mental Illness?


So it’s like it’s actually proximity, it’s actually being close to somebody. Two words, proximity and eversion. Bear with me for a second,
’cause there’s this idea of being close to people. You know that series that Brux just did, just before this one about John 9, there’s this guy who’s
blind and Jesus heals him. Okay, at the beginning of
the story, he’s an outcast. He’s got a disability, he’s poor, he’s the wrong age, too
young, he’s excluded. He’s on the margins of
society and of religion. He’s cast out from the temple. But by the end of the story, Jesus has turned that narrative around and now he’s the guy who can
see and the Pharisees can’t. It’s this massive miracle that happens, and actually that is, if you
can reframe so that eversion, the word eversion is the
opposite of inversion, that’s turning something upside down, eversion is turning something
from the inside out, and from the outside in, so now those people who
were in the margins, who were really far
away, those who are poor, those who are unwell,
those who are struggling, where all the humanity is, Jesus comes right into the midst of our really messy humanity. He’s born in a manger, he comes to dwell with all those places that we
want to kind of throw away. So you evert the circle, you
hang around with proximity, you bring people close who
are unwell who are struggling. You just hang out there, do
life with people, be present, and you’ll find that Jesus
will show up in that place because he dwells where the struggle is, where our humanity is.

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