Today’s Scripture: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

From the moment Mary’s mother, Jena, was diagnosed with terminal cancer until the time of her death, Mary’s friendshad pitched in and had done whatever they could to help. Mary appreciated their assistance very much. On the day of the funeral, the friends were there again showing their support and care.

Three months later, most of Mary’s friends had gone on with their lives. Mary did not blame them. She knew all that they had done for her when she was going through the trial. She knew they had sacrificed and given to her.

While Mary knows her mother is in Heaven, she misses her deeply. Mary is walking through the dark valley now. She will come out on the other side hand in hand with the Shepherd of her soul, Jesus, but for the moment, she feels alone.

When it really comes down to it, no matter how much friends help us, it is only our Shepherd who goes through the valley with us. It is only the Lord Jesus who really understands.

When Jesus hung on the cross, He said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” for at that moment God had turned His back on Jesus as He took on all the sins of the world. Jesus was willing to be alone so that we would never have to be.

Maybe right now you understand how Mary feels. Remember, though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are not alone. Your Shepherd walks with you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder