The original Hebrew word is somewhat rare in scripture,and its meaning as dark and elusive as the idea it vaguely connotes Photo courtesy of Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ By Michael Falgout / Contributed The twenty-third Psalm contains one of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable verses in all of sacred scripture: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). But before it was ours, the Psalm itself tells us, this verse belonged to David (Psalm 23:1). And David spoke, wrote,

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