Through the Valleys of Death, You are With Me

24 Dec, 2012, by Adeline Lum CM-


At eight years old, Timothy Kwan woke up to a gripping fear of death. He rushed out of the room to seek comfort from his mother. But he did not get an answer that night. It was his first real struggle, having been a carefree and innocent child. Death became real to him.


Timothy Kwan (standing closest to the camera) with friends


Hebrews 2:14-15

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he* too shared in their humanity so that by his* death he* might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

*he and his refers to Jesus Christ


“I started to think about the meaning of life since that night,” said Timothy who eventually forgot about it as he grew up. At 14 years old, he had a dual life, one of Christian faith and one without. Having parents who both work as Sunday school teachers, he had a Christian life –attending Sunday school, volunteering at church, hanging out with Christian friends and being a generally obedient child. On the other hand, he also doubted his faith and challenged God to prove Himself to Him.


Timothy (Sitting down, Second From Right) with UM Christian Fellowship friends


“God never answered me directly for my fear. But at 19 years old, when I look back at my life, I just knew that God is real,” said Timothy. “I thought that God made no sense… but the fact is, the world made no sense without God.”


James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.


He began to truly “own” his faith when he came to the university, where no one knew about his faith, let alone know that his parents worked for the church.

“For kids like us who grew up in church, the faith I had was a hand-down from my parents,” said Timothy.


Timothy (First row sitting down, Second from the right) with friends at UM


Now, he lives with a God-given peace, assured that God is real. He is also the president for the Christian Fellowship in University Malaya (UM).

“I need things to be logical before I can accept something. God is logical to me and I am assured of my faith. He will be the answer to everything… and it’s good to start seeking now,” said Timothy.

No longer is Timothy afraid of death but he said, “even if I die, I am ready.”


John 11:25-27

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”


Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Yes, there is nothing to fear with God, even death itself because “if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's” (Romans 14:8).


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