Reblogged from: A Pastor's Reflections
I recently saw a familiar sight once again when visiting in a local hospital.
I have seen it so many times - - a family huddled in the hallway, talking in hushed tones. The look of pain and grief on their faces.
I quickly flashed back in my mind to my own family having a similar huddle in a hospital hallway in Lafayette when my mother was dying. I recalled the pain. The panic. The despair. But I also recalled the holy presence of God.
I silently prayed for this family who were in shock and grief. I prayed that they might also experience the holy presence of God in the midst of pain and sadness.
The psalmist said it this way in the 23rd Psalm - - "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." (Psalm 23:4)
May this word from Scripture bring some comfort to someone who is in a dark valley today - - "Fear not, for I am with you. Don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
God is with us, even in pain. Even in the dark valleys of life. Especially in the dark valleys.