Cheering Us On…

quiltWhen I was working with the Hmong, bringing them to America and establishing church and social programs. I was often threatened. Sometimes outside the culture by individuals who didn’t understand who these people were and other times from within the culture by representatives that didn’t like Christians.

During that time I was given a precious gift, a dream quilt. One of the women came to me and said, “I know how hard it is for you. I had a dream and in that dream you were captured in one of our pan dau (story cloth) and was having trouble moving. But you would not stop you kept going as if determined to not be disturbed by all the turns. I saw your Christian family and they kept telling you to keep going. When I woke up I started working on this cloth so you will always remember family is with you.”

As you can imagine Hebrews 12:1 came to mind, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Now I don’t know what your theological view is on that scripture. You could believe the author is saying the “witnesses” are a figurative representation and we are to “act” as though they are cheering us on. We are to be inspired by the millions of believers that have already obtained victory. Or…that those who have gone before are bearing witness to the life of faith we now live today.

For her in that moment and for me as well was the belief our brothers and sisters in Christ were standing with us as we move through this often confusing maze we call life. I have no idea what you are facing right now! But just let me say, “You are in my prayers. I am cheering you on! Keep moving, serving, and praying because one day we will have victory!”

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