Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

Dear Lord,

I have lost many close friends and loved ones in the last few years.  Each time the toll rings for them I know more deeply that it rings for me too. And I fear the fear of all fears, death.  Life on earth is a valley through the shadow of death.  The most, the only truly comforting thought is that you are with me in the dark valley and that the toll that tolls is really the doorbell to my mansion graciously prepared by your nail scarred hands.  Your rod and staff, they comfort me.  I can face the wolf when I am by your side.  I know you will defend my life until I reach that door. I have seen you protect me often and I expect you to rescue me some more.  Please make your presence known very clearly to me when comes that moment that you will open the door to heaven for my last step here and first step there.  AMEN

Pastor Don Patterson

The Lord is with us.  Let that one thought be your peace.