As independent and mature adults, we usually like to think of ourselves as competent and prepared to personally handle whatever life throws at us - but is that true? Can we always go it alone as we try to meet and overcome the challenges of life? Probably not. But the good news of the Christian faith is that we do not have to go it alone. As we move through the difficult times of life, we are accompanied in the shadows by the friendship of others, and the presence of a loving God who is especially with us when we feel overwhelmed by the trials and tribulations of life.