In the 23rd Psalm it says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me.” It’s a message of hope and courage. But have you ever wondered what it means to walk in the “shadow of death?”
The most obvious answer is that we live in a world where the threat of physical death is always with us. Every day there are new reminders of our mortality. But I believe there are other ways the shadow of death hangs over us. Have you ever heard the phrase, “skeletons in the closet?” That refers to things in our past that create guilt and shame in the present. Likewise, in this fallen and broken world it can be easy to fall into hopelessness and despair. Sometimes it seems like the most rational response.
I believe we need to be reminded constantly that our God has the power to bring life out of death. That’s not only the message of Easter, but also our guiding purpose. In the church, we are in the resurrection business! Join us in the weeks ahead as we explore the new life that is offered in Jesus Christ.