PSALM 23: 4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou are with me; they rod and they staff they comfort me.”

Someone once said, “No one gets out alive.” We do everything we can to prolong the inevitable. We go to great lengths to prolong life, but the reality is that “no one gets out alive.” The Psalmist talks about death but there is a word that makes all the difference. That word is “shadow.” A shadow is an image that is cast when light is blocked. A shadow may look like a tree, a person, or any number of things but it is not reality. The Psalmist is saying that if we walk with God, death is not permanent. Just as the shadow disappears when the object casting the shadow is removed, so death has been transformed by God, through Christ. One thousand years later Paul writes, “If we die with Christ we will rise with him.” Because of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ death is merely a shadow of its former self. Amen.