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,
When I think of a cloud of witnesses, I imagine the massive group of on-lookers at a marathon race, who provide water, great urging, and encouragement for and to the runners as they pass.
We have also been enveloped by family members, friends, colleagues, mentors, and children, who are good people following Christ’s teachings and cheering us on in good times, and in our trials and tribulations.
As we struggle forward, we must be willing to drop the weights and sins that stand between us and God. These separate us from Him, so by putting sin aside we can abide with Christ and run a lighter, easier race toward the end that God has meant for us. We’re able to do this because we believe in His love for us.
Because my being lives through song, I say:
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
Dear God, when I am shaken, frightened, confused, or doubtful, please remind me of all the joy, caring, strength, and love you have provided in my life. Remind me that I am never alone or forsaken, and that you are with me wherever I go. Thank you. Amen.