“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…”
If you read through the 11th chapter of book of Hebrews, you find a list of the grand heroes of the faith. The charged verses tell the story of humble men and women who gave hearts, their minds, and their souls to the service of God. Many gave their very lives.
The Church often recognizes these folks with sainthood. But you and I know many who never obtained this elevated status but died in obscurity and yet changed our lives by their witness, their example of grace and love. All Saints Day is a celebration of those who have led us to the presence of God through their faithful words and deeds.
Today is an opportunity to think of those who took us to the throne; those in your own life, who are your own cloud of witness, living lives of faith and service.
Lord of all the Saints, both recognized and obscure, we are so grateful for those who have led us to your thrown, lived lives full of your grace, exhibited compassion and faith in each of their days. May we emulate their examples, honor their sacrifice, and be faithful followers servants to the Kingdom of God, that we might be a true witness to those in our own lives.