Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cloud of Witnesses

It's a bit of an older song, but today I got this CD out by Mark Schultz and was struck by the meaning of the words, as if I'd heard it for the first time. My cloud of witnesses are spread out and appreciated for a variety of reasons. I am so thankful for those chosen to be a part of my life and Danny's. Many have shown their loyalty and spiritual maturity thru the years. What a blessing to know that there are people who've chosen to be a part of our lives. We pray we are faithful in being the same witnesses to them.

What is amazing is how I'm learning to pray over Nathan and Micah's cloud of witnesses. We're in the beginning stages of ministry and they don't have a big church with Sunday school and Children's church to attend. The body of Christ is important. Do you have a cloud of witnesses? Will they be waiting for you in Heaven? Will you be waiting for some of them? If not... share Christ.

Hebrews 12:1-2
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (2) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

'Cloud of Witnesses'
Mark Schultz

We watched them runnin' down the aisles,
Children's time, Sunday morning.
The preacher asked them who they loved,
they all smiled and started pointing to their mom,
their dad, the teacher from their kindergarten class;
And each and every one
had just come from...

A cloud of witnesses
that would see them through the years
cheer them with a smile
and pray them through the tears.
A cloud of witnesses that would see them to the end,
and shower them with love that never ends.
A cloud of witnesses.

They stuck together through the years,
the best of friends faith could foster.
So when they found out one of them
had heard the news
he'd lost his father,
they ran to him
and prayed and put their hands upon his head,
and slowly one by one
they'd all become...

A cloud of witnesses
as they sent above a prayer
they took a hold of hands and
circled 'round a friend.
A cloud of witnesses with a faith just like a rock,
they helped him give his father back to God,
as a cloud of witnesses

So when it comes the time
that Heaven calls
they'll come running to see the ones who've gone before,
and made the journey home to find waiting for them at the finish line,
cheerin' happily they will run
and they will see...

A cloud of witnesses
lined up on a street of gold
as they run the final mile,
that leads them to a throne.
And through the cloud of witnesses
they see God upon the throne.
And as they fall into His arms,
they know they're home in
a cloud of witnesses,
surrounded by a could of witnesses.

We watched them runnin down the aisles
Children's time
Sunday morning.

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