Cloud of Witnesses

Clouds. For as long as I can remember I have loved watching clouds. They captivate me. I probably should have been a weatherman. But hey-I’ve got a devotion to write! And not really being much of a creative writer, I have to take my inspiration from wherever it comes. This time it was the clouds, but not what you might think.

I’m nearing retirement age, and need to start organizing things, making some decisions, sorting through a lot of paperwork. I need a file cabinet! I remembered that there is an old one downstairs, but forgot I’d already stuffed it full of things from my parent’s estate. So I got seriously sidetracked looking through that stuff Saturday. I found a photo album that must have belonged to my grandparents on my mother’s side of the family. Lots of great old B&W photos, some close to 100 years old by now-lots of people I didn’t have a clue who they were, but finally did recognize my grandparents and their parents when they were young.

Wonderful pictures. Common people dressed up in their best clothes, posed for pictures, in groups of all sizes. On porches, in churches, at parades, on furniture brought out on lawns, in rope tree swings, in wagons, in front of clotheslines full of laundry, at graduations, at picnics, at confirmations, at weddings, at baptisms, at funerals. Kids with tricycles, lots of dogs, new bicycles, cats, a few bunnies, and lots of flowers and gardens.

It brought tears to my eyes looking at all these faces; these were generations of determined people who worked hard and were happy with what they had even when it wasn’t much. They were loving people who had faith in God and His promises and passed that faith on to our generations.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Steve Koerwitz

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