“A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. And let us keep on running the race marked out for us. 2 Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to. Then he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 He made it through these attacks by sinners. So think about him. Then you won’t get tired. You won’t lose hope.“
Hebrews 12:1-3 NIRV
Especially this week…when you are tired and run down or discouraged and defeated, think about Him…when you are frustrated or angry with others, think about Him…when you feel like there is no hope, think about Him…think about Him who endured death on a cross between two thieves, for us…think about Him who was spit on and had a crown of thorns pushed onto His head, for us…think about Him who had His beard plucked out and gave His back to the whip, for us…and think about Him who gave His blood and His life for us. He did it because He loves you and He wants good things for you. Turn your attention towards Him and give Him thanks and you will find peace. Amen.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
(This photo was taken in June of 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colorado)