The Light In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death – A Funeral Sermon on Psalm 23

Interrupting the Silence

John 14:1-6, Sermon, Funeral Sermon, Funeral, Death, Light, Shadow, Psalm 23, Valley of the Shadow of Death, Isaiah 61:1-3, Revelation 21:2-7, Psalm 121, Mary Oliver By Johann Jaritz – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Last Sunday my wife and I were in South Carolina on the way to church when we received the news that Ashley had died. We received that news with overwhelming shock and disbelief. “No, this couldn’t have happened. It’s not true. There’s been a mistake. It’s a cruel hoax.” Then I spoke with Z., Ashley’s wife, and my denials gave way to silence and tears. I was overcome with grief, disappointment, and anger that death had taken a husband, a father, a brother, another son, and my friend.

It would be dishonest of me if I didn’t tell you this but it is in moments like that that I question everything I think and believe about our Creator. “From where is my help to come?” (Psalm 121) are no longer the psalmist’s words. They are mine. And so is…

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