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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…
Today is All Saints Day, the day marked out in the church calendar when all the saints who have gone before us are celebrated – saints being a word the Bible uses to describe Christians (as a term ‘Christian’ is only used once in the Bible I think). They are our trailblazers, following the trailblazer, Jesus himself. They are the ones who took the church around the world, established schools, hospitals, foodbanks, helped end slavery and so much more. They are the ones who in quiet ways in every neighbourhood have made a difference. It is because of them that you are who you are and are receiving this today.
Think back over your journey of faith and think about those who have played a part. Give thanks for them by name. Perhaps some you can thank personally too, others have already joined our Father, but maybe you could tell us about them.