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,
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