April 1, 2015
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Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, 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,c5
I have a large network of spiritual parents.  For 21 years, they have helped me to “rid myself of every burden” through listening, prayer and by sharing my burdens with me.  They have convicted me to “root out the sin in my life that clings to me”, and they have always encouraged me to persevere, even during the darkest of nights.
It is now my privilege to serve them as they deal with the struggles of aging.  Three have died this past year.  My “cloud of witnesses”  are not passive as I once perceived them to be.  They continue to be actively involved in my journey.  Their wisdom still resonates in my spirit and comes to mind when I need it most.  My memory still bears witness to their powerful, faith-filled lives.  I discern their intercession, love, encouragement and shepherding just as much as I did when they were here on the earth.  I am grateful that the Lord has seen fit that we never need be with those who go before us.
(c) 2015 Kathy Oehler

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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