The Cloud of Witnesses

A while back I read a biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe Harriet Beecher Stowe by Noel Gerson — Book Review and discovered she was much more than the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Today I found one of her quotes, and would like to share it, particularly as Hebrews 12:1-2 is my life verse The Cloud of Saints

“We are encompassed about by a cloud of witnesses, whose hearts throb in sympathy with every effort and struggle, and who thrill with joy at every success.  How should this thought check and rebuke every worldly feeling and unworthy purpose, and enshrine us, in the midst of a forgetful and un-spiritual world, with an atmosphere of heavenly peace!  They have overcome–have risen–are crowned, glorified;  but they still remain to us, our assistants;  our comforters;  and in every hour of darkness their voice speaks to us:  ‘So we grieved, so we struggled, so we fainted, so we doubted;  but we have overcome, we have obtained, we have seen, we have found,–and in our victory behold the certainty of thy own.'”

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