A Cloud of Witnesses: those faithful saints who have gone before me. Abraham and Moses, my parents and grandparents, my aunts and uncles. A favorite childhood Sunday school teacher, longtime church members, neighbors, and friends. I close my eyes, wanting to focus my mind’s eye on each person who helped mold my spiritual life. These spiritual ancestors did not abandon their faith when life was difficult. They felt the sharp pain of rejection and failure. They suffered illness and grieved the loss of loved ones. Still they faithfully embraced the hardships and uncertainties of life with courage and hope. Recalling their stories of faithfulness encourages me in the what-ifs of this season of life. I can hear them calling to me: “Finish well, dear one.”
—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Therefore, 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.
—Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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