Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NRSV

Thought

As you adapt and adjust, you acknowledge that, as a human being, you want to be treated with respect. When you are suddenly single or a become a parent without your beloved child, you may experience moments when you are not accorded the same respect as when you were part of the Parent Teacher Association®, the dinner group, or even your Sunday school class. You may feel discounted because of your loss or emotionally defenseless when you are invited to join friends or get together with other parents you enjoyed before the death of your loved one. In these situations, you are easily wounded by the awkward insensitivity of others to your grief. It is hard work to adapt forward, away from life as it once was. This, too, is a normal part of the experience of grief.

Prayer

God, adapting is a difficult challenge because I am weak. Through your strength I will endure and adjust until grief is no more. Amen.

Assurance

In Christ, when I am weak, then I am strong.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012