“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,” vs. 1
From the beginning followers of Jesus have believed that the dead in Christ are a part of what is known as the “church triumphant.” They have ended their lives in this world and now rest in peace with Jesus in their own special heavenly dwelling place. We’re glad for their new life but we often wonder if any connection remains with this world. Many people believe that there is and often speak of their loved ones as “looking down on them” from above. The writer to the Hebrews seems to agree with that notion when he says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. It is further implied that these witnesses are cheering us on as we maneuver our way among the pitfalls and stumbling blocks of life. While it’s impossible to adequately describe that life which exists for us beyond death, it is comforting to believe that connections remain. At the very least it should be an incentive for us to use the memories of the departed saints to inspire and motivate our own journeys. Even though they’re not with us in the flesh, their spirits remain and are never far from us. And some days we can even see signs of their presence!
Thought for the Day: What connection do I feel to my loved ones who have died?