The Cloud of Saints

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Since nobody else has posted about the great cloud of witnesses this month yet, I will.  This reading from Hebrews is what I consider my “life verse” and it never fails to inspire and encourage me.  The witnesses are all the saints, past and present.  My question to you today is, who’s in your crowd of witnesses?

I’ve told you about some of my Biblical favorites — Nicodemus, Mary and Martha.  Then there are people who have gone before me, who are now in the presence of God — my grandfather, the lady who picked me up every Sunday when I was a child and took me to church and Sunday School, my good friend, Paul and others.  There are the living saints who have cheered me on and encouraged me in my Christian walk — my old Pastor, Dave; my college roommate, Nancy;  my prayer buddy, Karen;  many of my fellow congregation members;  Via de Cristo and Marriage Encounter friends, and more.

Most of all, there’s Jesus.  He’s the one on whom we’re meant to particularly focus.  As a man, He endured all the same temptations and sufferings that we do — yet He did not sin.  He loves us and prays for us;  He promises He will never leave us — what an encouragement that is!

We’re still running the race, but we’re not alone.  We’re in the company of saints.  Persevere ladies!