Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 NRSV

Thought

Developing the self-confidence to value yourself as a worthwhile, stand-alone individual is a formidable hurdle of grief. This is the process of finding yourself again apart from the context of your loved one. As you transition through grief, slowly and gradually you re-individuate. Or perhaps you truly individuate for the first time in life as you uncover your identity without reference to your loved one. When you individuate, you find yourself within the whole of life and explore possibilities beyond your own imagination.

Prayer

God, you made me like no other human being. Thank you for membership in your body. Amen.

Assurance

I appreciate the personal, God-given qualities that are uniquely my own.

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