Wednesday, 7 November 2012

November thoughts 2: cloud of witnesses

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.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The gift of a 'peopled landscape' is that it does not allow those of us who live here today to forget those others who lived here in the past. It is above all as we place our feet on the earth that we really become aware of this. Somewhere Ronald Blythe has said that anyone who walks never walks through a landscape alone, 'for the people of the past are present, right beside him.' ( Esther de Waal, Living At The Border)

Think of your ancestors: what gifts have you received from them?

What do you want others to learn from your life?

Stockholm, November 2010

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