As Christians, we believe in the inherent dignity of every individual. Made in God's image, we believe that dignity-the preciousness of our individuality- should be acknowledged and affirmed. For many of us, this has been affirmed though the nurture and connectedness of a loving family. For countless others, the space that should have been occupied by a loving family has been replaced by disruption and loss.
Still, there is hope. As Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a better future and a hope." The body of Christ-the corporate body of believers-is an expression of family and belonging for so many worldwide.
As you reflect on the theme of "family," how God has ordained it to be the very genesis of expressing belonging, it is our prayer that this month you will remember the inherent dignity YOU have been given by your Creator. And in that, you would find great hope!