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In the Peanuts comic strips, Snoopy often tries to be an author. In one particular strip He's shown on his doghouse typing a novel. He begins his story with, "It was a dark and stormy night." That's the way he always begins his stories. Lucy comes and bluntly shouts, "You stupid dog! That is the dumbest thing I've ever read. Who ever heard of such a silly way to begin a story? Don't you know that all good stories begin, 'Once upon a time'?" So the last frame shows Snoopy starting over. This time he types: "Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night."

Snoopy is close to the truth about life. David agrees with him: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." David knew of dark and stormy nights. He knew that there are times when there simply is no shortcut through life. He lifts up a basic truth of Scripture and life: there is an inevitable darkness.

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