Sunday, March 17, 2013

THE CLOUD


SPEAK OF THE CLOUD TODAY and many will think you’re talking about that place where all our computer program and data are stored. We are increasingly living in a IT world where all the resides on your laptop, tablet or phone are apps; connectors to The Cloud where the real action is taking place.

Today my mind is contemplating another cloud; it’s the cloud written of in Hebrews 12:1-3,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every that hinder us and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I am thinking about this cloud that is now populated by two dear saints whom God called home this past week. Dick Mack and Janis Brackett were both longing to hear the voice of the Lord say, “come home me beloved, well done good and faithful steward, ‘enter into the joy of your master.’” (Matthew 25:21 NASB) They both served their Lord well. They both desired to see God’s kingdom built and were actively, consistently involved in the work of spread the Gospel in both word and deed.

Both Dick and Janis will be missed by many, including this pastor. They were both of great and honest encouragement to me. I knew them as faithful prayer-warriors for God’s work both inside and outside the walls of the church. To be honest, is has been members of the Body of Christ, like Dick and Janis, that have kept me at the task to which God has called me.

We have much to learn from their gentle and quiet spirits and from their hearts for the lost, especially it seems those who are often seen as the outcasts of society and those that don’t quite “fit in.” They are models to me of what it means to love unconditionally and being more concerned about the expansion of God’s Kingdom than their own personal preferences.

They will both be missed, and though I am sure others will stand in their stead, they shall never be duplicated. I miss them both already, but as a see the clouds floating by today, I gain peace, hope and encouragement that they both from the cloud-side seats are encouraging us to not become weary or to lose heart, but to run the race for the glory of God. So, let us lace up those running shoes and hit the road! See you at the finish-line Dick and Janis. 

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