The afternoon sun was low behind the grandpa and his grandson. They were enjoying their long shadows on the sidewalk. Both of them were very tall. Jumping in front of grandpa, the little boy noted with great joy that he and grandpa had become one. Thus they stayed as one as long as they were aligned. Soon the six-year-old saw the fun of sticking out his arms and laughing as their shadow sprouted four arms.

Psalms 91:1 reads, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Just before His death Jesus prayed for us, “I pray for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” John 17: 20-21.

The goal of every Christian is to truly be one with our Maker and Savior. We long to rest in His forgiveness and experience the fullness of His mercy, an experience that can only occur if via the power of His Spirit we align ourselves with His will. Our shadow merges with His and when others see us they see Him. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

Written September 15, 2002