Throughout the story of Exodus God is “with” his people in the form of a fire and a cloud. And as long as he is, Israel is safe. How does this inform the ministry of Presence for a shepherd? Why is the presence of some so powerful, and others … well, not? When is Presence most important? And how does one practice it with increasing skill?
Sometimes God delivers us from difficult circumstances, and we walk in the valley, but not through the shadow of death. Sometimes God delivers us from ourselves because of our circumstances or our foolishness. Sometimes God does not deliver us, and we walk through the valley of the shadow of death