The Last Valley

We know she does not have many days on earth left.   She has lived a long life and accomplished many things; the last few years have been difficult as her memory faded into the past.  She is unable to remember the “who” and the “what” of her life.  And.   Now.   Time on earth is coming to an end.

One thing I know is that she is not crossing this last valley in her life alone.  There’s no valley too deep for God.  In fact, I wonder if, in some ways, she’s closer to God than ever as she makes her way through.  I know God is her Shepherd–the One who leads, guides, cares, and tends.

I don’t understand the “how’ of it, but I know it’s going on.  It’s one of the reasons, Psalm 23: 1-4 is so powerful when the last valley is faced:

 The reality of God’s presence as the Shepherd in the valley changes the journey.
A few years ago, a family called and asked me to help them in the last hours of their mother’s life.  When I walked in the room, there was chaos and angst.  Family members were arguing and actually yelling.  One family member  asked me to help calm everyone down.  There was no argument from me; the dynamics needed to change so they could help their  mother complete her journey in the valley.

I simply said, “It’s going to be okay, listen to this . . . ”

I read Psalm 23.  A calmness came over the room.  The God-words were enough.   God promised to get them through the valley.  And.  God did.

Now the God-words are speaking to our family.  It’s not easy to face the last valley, but there’s peace in knowing God is the Shepherd and will guide the way.

God will be your shepherd wherever you are at–including the times you find yourself deep in the valley.  It matters–Kerrie

god will be your shepherd


(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)





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