For my devotions I am doing an in depth study of the Psalms. I am at the 23rd Psalm. This is a condensed version of part of the introduction. It has hit home for me.
The late Donald Grey Barnhouse was leaving the funeral service of his first wife.
While drivng down the highway he was trying to think of a way to explain and convey comfort to his young children. They drove by a large van and it's shadow passed over their car. He immediately knew he has the example and words needed for the moment.
"Children," he asked, "would you rather be run over by a truck, or by it's shadow?" Of course the children answered, "We'd much rather be run over by it shadow! The shadow can not hurt us."
Barnhouse, as master illustrator then said to his children, "The truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus two thousand years ago so that only its shadow now passes over us. That is all that has happened to your mother. Only the shadow of death has passed over her. She is unharmed in heaven."