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.