Stories of Old
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.
I listened intently as my distant relatives communicated stories about my parents when they were young. The previous day, my mother had shared some of the same stories. Hearing the stories from different viewpoints added details and richness.
Everyone smiled and laughed as they were transported to a time before the current hindrances of age took root. One story gave way to another as my family history unfolded. Most conveyed happy times, some sad. All gave me a more complete picture of who I am and where I came from.
The stories recorded in the Bible do the same for us. They help answer our basic questions such as “Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my purpose in life?”
It’s almost as if the voices of the Bible call out to us throughout time, “Hey, I know what you’re going through. I remember a time on earth that might help you. Listen to my story of God’s faithfulness.”
As we hear these stories from our great cloud of witnesses, we realize we aren’t alone. We have a purpose. We are connected by faith in Jesus to all believers from times past to times yet to be.
We are part of a huge family with colorful ancestors and a rich history. We have an important part in our family legacy. Let us throw off everything that hinders so we can run our race.
I can’t wait until we all get to heaven and we sit around sharing our stories. I look forward to getting additional details to the stories I’ve heard. Noah, what was it like to live on the earth before rain? Paul, did you actually die when your were stoned? Jesus, how did you endure all the pain you went through at Calvary?
Lord, thank you for a beautiful heritage.