A few months after my dad died, our family went camping. As I sat near our tent, gazing at the lake, I heard voices nearby. A high school team was using the campground as a track. When the first runner crossed the finish line, I heard a few cheers. The volume and energy steadily increased as she and those who finished behind her lined the road to urge on every last runner. “Come on! All the way through!”
I smiled as they called out to their weary teammates. How wonderful to be supported like that! I felt like even I could run a great distance with such camaraderie. Then I remembered that we have an even greater number cheering us on from heaven as we continue on life’s journey.
In November, All Saints’ Day is an opportunity to be encouraged by the lives and lasting legacy of those who already have finished the race of life. Consider taking time to reflect on family members and friends who loved, served, worked, persevered, and trusted in God. Whether or not you are a Christ-follower, you can be inspired by saints from the Bible—Noah, Moses, Ruth, David, Daniel, Mary, and Paul—as well as more recent saints, such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Theresa.
Imagine if you could hear their voices, cheering you on. What would they call out to you? On All Saints’ Day, and any day, the legacy and memories of your loved ones can encourage you to run “all the way through.”[i]
[i] “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Excerpted from Doses of Comfort, available at Amazon.com .