‘Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance
the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who for the sake of the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, disregarding its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself
from sinners so that you may not grow weary or lose heart’.
(Hebrews 12 verses 1 – 3)

Our homes, offices, places of work are so often where we have photographs of loved ones; on the walls, on desks and where we relax and take a tea break. Especially at home we may have framed pictures of parents, brothers, sisters, children, other family members and also friends. Often we also have photos of our heroes to inspire us. Some people have paintings, shields, crosses and icons. The result of all of these things is that we can look at and remember the people, groups and places that have inspired us and continue to inspire us to be the best that we can be. In Hebrews we are encouraged to look to Jesus our Lord and Saviour, who endured the cross for our sakes; we are exhorted to remember Jesus and what He has done for us so that we don’t grow weary or lose heart in our Christian lives’.

Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the loved ones who have blessed me.
Thank You for saving me and blessing me.
Help me to run ‘my race’ in life.
Help me to keep going
and to finish well.


[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]