The letter to The Hebrews presents a number of Testimonies that encourage us to ‘run with perseverance the race that is set before us’ it speaks of Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Gideon and others. Above all, it invites us to realise that a ‘great cloud of witnesses’ impels us to advance constantly towards the goal. These witnessed may include our own mothers, grandmothers or other loved ones. Their lives may not always have been perfect, yet even amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord.
The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us. The book of Revelation attests to this when it speaks of intercession of the martyrs: ‘I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; they cried out with a loud voice, “O sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge? Each of us can say: ‘Surrounded, led and guided by the friends of God…… I do not have to carry alone what, in truth, I could never carry alone. All the saints of God are there to protect me, sustain me and carry me.’