By Fr Donald Chambers
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23: 4)
As I listen to countless COVID-19 pandemic lockdown narratives, I am convinced that the scriptural metaphor of “the valley of the shadow of death” appropriately describes the happenings in our families.
In contrast to the geography of a plain, a valley is a narrow treacherous and rugged pathway locked on either side between rugged hills or mountains.
With turbulent weather and limited sunlight, animals and people rub shoulders as they traverse on their sojourn. Acquainted with the life of nomadic shepherds that herd large flocks of sheep through valleys, the writer of Psalm 23 found this metaphor suitable to describe Israel’s history of salvation.