A Cloud of Witnesses

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.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NRSV)


Lynn Domina, from Michigan, has enjoyed watching videos of choirs from around the world as they sing hymns, some particular to their own cultures and others familiar to almost all Christians. In one video, people from around the world sing "Amazing Grace," each line sung in a different language - English, Norwegian, German, Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, and many others. The voices come together, using different words but the same melody. In another video, 800 musicians from around the world perform this hymn in English. We see images of them in all their diversity - young and old, percussionists and cellists, individuals with various complexions. Their music inspires and encourages Lynn.

It's the communion of saints, Lynn thought the first time she saw it. In Christ we are connected to one another by this communion of saints. this mighty cloud of witnesses.

Whenever Lynn finds herself in the midst of a personal crisis, She is reassured by the support she feels from all these saints. In every moment we are supported by the prayers of millions who have gone before us yet continue to accompany us. Known and unknown, they're here with us, inviting us into their eternal chorus.


Prayer: Faithful God, help us to remember to offer support to and receive help from one another. Thank you for the gift of global community, in Jesus' name. Amen.



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