Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me - Psalm 23:4
is the ultimate profanity in today's world. We don't like to think about it, much less talk about it. However, death
is that one reality that will not leave us alone. We lose friends and family members to death. At one point in our lives,
we too, will face this inevitability unless Jesus comes before our passing. So what is our assurance as we face the inescapable?
Our Shepherd! He will walk us through, guiding and protecting and comforting us in our journey. And as Christians, this promise
is only intensified because we know Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and he has taken the walk ahead of us to assure us that our
walk through death's valley doesn't end in death, but in glory.
Dear Heavenly Father,
my Shepherd and Savior, thank you that I do not have to face death alone. I look for your guidance and listen for your voice
to lead me through death's dark valley and bring me to your holy and glorious presence in victory and with joy. In Jesus'
name I confidently pray. Amen.