Clouds of Witness

Suzy are big fans and thanks to Netflix watch many of PBS’s British Mystery Shows. One we own is Clouds of Witness a 1926 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, the second in her series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. It was adapted for television in 1972, as part of a series starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter.

Agatha probably got the title from the Letter to the Hebrews: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that  clings so closely and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1.

Don’t worry I’m not going back to my track meet analogy. The great cloud refers to the previous Chapter in the Letter where the author traces the faithful endurance of all the great heroes of the Hebrew scriptures. People who remained faithful to God throughout the ages. We, too, have our “own clouds of witnesses.” Not just Saints and mystics who inspire, but friends and family whose faith, love, and loyalty serve as examples.

Who are the witnesses in your life? Who are the people who have been models, mentors, or examples of the faith to which you aspire. They are as plentiful as the clouds in a spring sky. Today our heart turns to them in meditation.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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