Through the Valley of the Shadow of DeathMay 20, 2016
We’re talking today about the one thing that is certain for every living thing and every person ever conceived – we’re talking today about the certain reality of death and all the uncertainties that swirl around the subject.
The image of the valley of the shadow of death from Psalm 23 has been a source of comfort at many a funeral. We walk through the valley with the Good Shepherd and indeed, often He carries us. But we also walk through the valley alongside those we love best in the world. We walk with them in pain until pain is no more – they pass through the end of the valley with the Lord, and there we stand.
Then we must turn and make our way back through the valley of the shadow of death, through the process of grief, still with the Good Shepherd but no longer in the company of the friend or lover or child now gone. The walk back out of the valley of the shadow is important preparation for the final time we each will walk that way.
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