Reflection by Scott Stoner
I have always loved this verse from the Letter to the Hebrews, especially the phrase, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” It reminds me that I am never alone; I am surrounded by others who support and guide me, both living and those whom I love but see no longer. It is a reminder, too, of the importance of the Christian community to our walk of faith.
This passage also asks us to confess and let go of our sins so that we can run the race that is set before us. The wisdom here is twofold. First, it is because we are surrounded by the love and support of others that we are safe to be vulnerable enough to acknowledge our mistakes and wrongdoings, and second, that a regular practice of confession and forgiveness frees up our energy to be more fit to run the race that God has given us to run. Both of these pieces of wisdom are invaluable for our spiritual journey.
Making It Personal: Who is in your “cloud of witnesses,” including both those who are living and those who have passed on? Can you think of a time when you were able to let go of the weight of something you did wrong, and how that freed you up to be better able to run the race that God has given you to run?
Follow along with us this Lent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.