Cloud of Witnesses

“In the Christian tradition, we do not limit our community of support to those who live at the same time as we do. We invoke ‘so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us’ (Heb 12:1) to support us and offer us wisdom for the journey as those who have traveled this path already.” --- Christine Valters Paintner

Tomorrow is All Saints Sunday. The Sunday following November 1st. It’s a day we remember those who have made us who we are and especially those who have made our faith what it is.

Is it true that others have traveled this path already? Our journey seems so unique. But it’s the human condition to experience joy and sorrow, pain and suffering, celebration and despair. We have much to learn from the saints.

May we honor those who have gone before and may we learn from their mentorship. Here’s how Eugene Peterson translated the first verses in Hebrews 12.

“Do you see what this means – all those pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.” Hebrews 12:1-2 Msg

We’ll be saving a seat for you tomorrow as we gather to celebrate and remember our saints. 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Grace be with you,


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