Dr. Richard A Hunter, Coach & Consultant

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LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH

Psalm 23 reminds us that even when we walk through the shadow of death, that the goodness of the Lord is with us. We have experienced this amazing truth the past week. My wife's mother is 94 and in hospice care. Her death has seemed imminent everyday the past week. Yet she holds on and the vigil continues. God has given us an amazing peace in the middle of our grief and pain. Hundreds of prayer warriors have lifted us up. Love surrounds us and enables us to pour love over our loved one at this fragile time. Death is a mystery, allusive and hard to predict. Yet Romans 8: 31-39 reminds us boldly that NOTHING CAN SEPARATE us from the love of God found in Jesus Christ. This is so real and important to us right now. Meri's mom will soon be set free from this world and given a new body and a new song to sing in the presence of her savior and King, Jesus Christ. The pain will be over, the tears will be dry and death will give way to the victory of eternity with the God who originally gave her the breath of life.

Someone recently asked me how do people without faith in God make it through times like this. I can not imagine and I know people who have struggled through loss and hardship because they did not have an anchor of faith. Grab hold of the anchor - embrace faith in Jesus and walk with him. Build up your faith now so that your anchor will hold when the storms of life come into your path. You are loved!!