by Terry J. Hallock

I Will Fear No Evil
Terry J. Hallock
Psalm 23; Psalm 46; John 14:1-7, 27; 16:33
A Day of National Mourning and Prayer
September 16, 2001

Today Americans of all colors and cultures crowd churches from the largest cities to the smallest towns in order to pray and seek comfort for the carnage caused by the unspeakable and barbaric acts of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It was day that wounded us deeply and has forever changed us as a people. Like December 7, 1941 it too is a day that will live in infamy.

King David of Israel lived through such days and in his book of Psalms he wrote these words. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23).

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." For David those words - "the valley of the shadow of death" - were more than symbolic. They were the name of a real place David had often passed through in carrying out his duties as a shepherd. It was a valley so tall and narrow that the sun created immense shadows as it beamed down upon the rocky formations of its walls. In those walls were deep crevices that remained dark and in which predator animals would hide waiting for unsuspecting prey to pass by. It was a frightening place because the shepherd couldn't see the enemy but he knew that enemy was there lurking in the shadows.

As Americans we are now in that same valley of the shadow of death. The enemy that struck us on Tuesday, September 11 cam ...

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