Title

Counseling in the Already, Not Yet: Reflections on the Work of the Christian Counselor Through an Eschatological Lens

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

French, Haley Rae (2021) "Counseling in the Already, Not Yet: Reflections on the Work of the Christian Counselor Through an Eschatological Lens," Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology: Vol. 6 : No. 2: 263-84

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this article reflects on the work of the Christian counselor through an eschatological lens, specifically exploring the notion of what it means to counsel in the “already, not yet.” The counseling process is presented as a place in which the dialectics of this eschatological tension are present and outworked. Pain and suffering are encountered and explored as the counselor stands in solidarity with the sufferer, and yet the Christian counselor also anticipates hope and the power of change in the present, particularly as ushered in by the eschatological Spirit of God. To this end, the author explores three practices, as undertaken by the counselor, that demonstrate a sensitivity and ability to minister effectively in the tension of the already, not yet—companioning, lament, and re-storying.

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