Praying our way out of trouble

We each may have our own "valley of the shadow" to walk through. What a comfort it is to know that God's Christ is with us, guiding us into the light.

I Was surprised to hear myself exclaim to a friend, "I am going through hell!" My difficulties were not earth-shattering, but discouragement and a feeling of rapid decline that I associated with advancing years had led to my statement.

Going through and eventually getting out of a stressful time is one thing, but staying in it is something else. Immediately after the exclamation to my friend, a thought in the twenty-third Psalm that I had always treasured came to me: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me." Ps. 23:4.

In many instances, I had shared this thought from the Bible when friends were struggling with the loss of a loved one. Speaking of "the valley of the shadow of death," I would confidently and reverently state, "Walk through it; don't stay in it." Now I found it necessary to take my own advice!

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June 11, 1990

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