When I look around the office, I am surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses" as the writer of Hebrews describes it. A picture of one who died long ago. An angel colored by a member who died more recently. A gift from a pastor that just received a new call, and an embroidery from my mother-in-law, now in memory care. A picture of one of the first classes I confirmed. Within a year, one student had been murdered. A picture from my ordination – 20 years ago as of October 2. A painting of a shepherd boy by one member and a sign that says "PRAY" from another. You too. You are surrounded by the love and support of saints on earth and saints in heaven. A great cloud of witnesses. Praise God!