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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 18, 2019

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SUNDAY, August 18
10 Pentecost

Hebrews 12:1 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.

The entire twelfth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews is a great love letter to the forerunners of our faith. These ancestral heroes endured suffering, fought mightily, and persevered in the faith.

Therefore, we must remember on whose shoulders we stand and have the eyes to see that a great cloud of witnesses surrounds us. Those who have completed their earthly journey are our inspiration and our encouragement, cheering fans along the race we are still running.

This life of faith is beautiful and it is also hard. We often struggle to seek and see God’s will. But we too are part of the great cloud—set apart in our own ways and called to live as faithfully as we can.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Hebrews’ entire twelfth chapter today. Write your own love letter to the people who helped form your faith.

PRAY for the Diocese of Salisbury (England)

Ps 80:1-2, 8-18 or Ps 82 | Isaiah 5:1-7 or Jeremiah 23:23-39 | Hebrews 11:29—12:2 | Luke 12:49-56

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