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‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds’ (Ps 147:3): Perspectives on pastoral care

Werner R.A. Klän
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a5116 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5116 | © 2018 Werner R.A. Klän | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 2018 | Published: 30 October 2018

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Werner R.A. Klän, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Oberursel, Germany; and, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The psalmist is deeply convinced that God is a reliable addressee to whom those hurt, traumatised and grieving may turn. Churches, by their mandate to share God’s loving-kindness, are obliged to provide opportunities, counselling and pastoral care to those who suffer from violations in their lives. Representatives of the church will do so by proclaiming God’s compassion and pitifulness. This obligation is all the more important as it can be observed that Christians, congregations and churches have oftentimes been part and parcel of processes that caused harm, hurt and trauma to their members or other people.


pastoral care; counselling; psalms; repentence; Lutheran


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