There are many things in the Christian life we’re to take hold of and cling to for dear life. Christ, forgiveness of sins, deliverance, the Holy Spirit, our adoption, resurrection, new creation and life. These things give us hope, comfort, and they make life a bit easier to manage as we all wander through the valley of the shadow of death. That Valley, however, can be very shadowy at times, so dark that it can be almost impossible to see The Shepherd. You start to believe that the Valley is all there is. Maybe your hopes were nothing but fiction, a fool’s errand as they say. The Serpent is a crafty fellow. We must be careful then to not lose sight of the One who leads us beside still waters. He is there calling us, beckoning us to feast even within the midst of darkness and terror. He does not forsake us, always eager to embrace and lead. Dear Human, I have not all the answers but life is very shadowy indeed, and I do know this, turn to the One that can guide you through it. For Jesus is a shepherd and He is very good.