Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before Him He endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken His seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how He endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
~~ Hebrews 12:1-4
This is one of my favorite scriptures. I like knowing that the “cloud of witnesses,” the faithful in Heaven, are encouraging me in “running the race.” But best of all, I adore Jesus, and how wondrous it is that we MAY gaze at His Face, let alone be called to keep our eyes fixed on Him! Praise be You, Lord! Blessed be Your Holy Name! Thank You that I make seek Your Face, and that I am held w/in Your Hand! Solo Dei Gloria!