Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Hebrews 12: 1-3, John 13: 21-32, Psalm 70
Hebrews 12: 1-3
“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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”
When things are going badly and when you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of 21st century living, imagine yourself surrounded by faithful followers of Jesus who have dealt with major challenges such as persecution, imprisonment and ostracism, for Jesus' sake. Some spent their whole lives looking after the poor and the sick and some did not flee but stayed to mind the dying during plagues. They were wonderful witnesses of their faith in Jesus.
I know I will never have such challenges to face or need to be as brave as they were, but the fact that they are surrounding me, and you, like a host of angels helps me through the tough days.
Who is in the cloud of witnesses that surround you? Today give thanks to God for those you name, and pray for faith and courage so that you can be a witness too.