You were taught . . . to put off your old self . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

Thought

Adapting is putting off your old self to be made new. Your old self may be a weary, emotionally tattered half-person as familiar to you as a comfortable old bathrobe. To be made new is to find a new self. You may choose to put on your new self and wear it gladly or to shrug into it with reluctance. You may try it on for size and make some adjustments before you are satisfied with the fit. The effect of grief is that it enlarges you to accommodate a new self—a different and better self. You are created to be like God.

Prayer

God, my old self is tired. Thank you for the promise that I may yet become a new self. Recreate me in your true righteousness and holiness. Amen.

Assurance

When I put off my old self in order to be made new, I am adapting to all things becoming new.

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