I'm preparing to give a sermon on the 23rd Psalm (22nd Psalm in Orthodox Bibles). I'm re-reading some things that have been meaningful to me in the past, some new things, and jotting down insights and questions.
Walking through a valley, at times a dark valley that is scary and feels like the shadow of death, is something we all do while here on earth. We are not promised to walk this earth with no valleys. We are however told we don't have to walk it alone, in fact no matter what it seems like, we are never alone. Wherever we are, God is.
And, if we are fortunate, we also have what I've called "God with skin on," or wonderful friends and families who comfort and pray us along the dark times. Of course, we too have the opportunity to be "God with skin on" to others. It is an honor to lift others and walk in prayer with them as they trudge the inevitable valleys of life.
Thank you to all who have walked with me through dark times. What a difference you make. God bless you always.