The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, November 1, 2022, comes to us from Lynn Domina of Michigan.
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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
I have enjoyed watching videos of choirs from around the world as they sing hymns, some particular to their own cultures and others familiar to almost all Christians. In one video, people from around the world sing “Amazing Grace,” each line sung in a different language – English, Norwegian, German, Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, and many others. The voices come together, using different words but the same melody. In another video, 800 musicians from around the world perform this hymn in English. We see images of them in all their diversity – young and old, percussionists and cellists, individuals with various complexions. The music inspires and encourages me.
It's the communion of saints, I thought the first time I saw it. In Christ we are connected to one another by this communion of saints, the mighty cloud of witnesses. Whenever I find myself in the midst of a personal crisis, I’m reassured by the support I feel from all these saints. In every moment we are supported by the prayers of millions who have gone before us yet continue to accompany us. Known and unknown, they’re here with us, inviting us into the eternal chorus.
Lynn’s reflection encourages us to identify our own “cloud of witnesses.” Those who offer inspiration, encouragement, and sound advice during our highs and lows. Those who keep us grounded, who hold us accountable, and who see us for who we truly are. I invite you to take time to inventory your “cloud of witnesses” and in turn, commit to bless others the way they have blest you.
Faithful God, help us to remember to offer support to and receive help from one another. Thank you for the gift of global community. Amen.
-- Lynn Domina
Singers and Musicians.
Thought for the day:
I will remember the saints in my life today.