Dr. Donald Barnhouse told of the occasion when his wife had died.  He, with his children, had been to the funeral service for her.  As he was driving his motherless children home, they were naturally overcome with grief.  Dr. Barnhouse said that he was trying to think of some word of comfort he could give them.  Just then, a huge moving van passed them.  As it passed, the shadow of the truck swept over the car.  And as the truck pulled on in front of them, an inspiration came to Dr. Barnhouse.  He said, “Kids, would you rather be run over by a truck or by its shadow?”  The children said, “Well, of course, Dad, we’d much rather be run over by the shadow!  That can’t hurt us at all.”  Dr. Barnhouse said, “Did you know that 2000 years ago the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus…in order that only its shadow might run over us?”  Psalm 23 promises us that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Be comforted by that promise. Death is a part of life–but with Christ–it is a shadow He joins us in, and by His love, sent his son to spare us from its worst reality.

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