A Great Cloud of Witnesses – 10 Apr 2011

The Columbarium at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church

Every Sunday is a pilgrimage. One goes to the Columbarium niche and renews the flowers for another week. One goes to a different Columbarium niche and pauses and prays and then touches that cold metal cover so tenderly, so tenderly. Each man remembering the woman who shared his life for so many years. Each man remembering a covenant “from this day forward … until death do us part.” Each man discovering, and teaching me, that even in death the touch and presence of the woman, the spouse, continues in grace and truth and power in the heart and in the communion of saints. They are quiet witnesses to me of the truth of scripture about the power of love: unquenchable (Song of Solomon 8:6-7), the greatest gift of all (1 Cor 12:31), that which never ends (1 Cor 13:8). These two open me to the joy and wonder of the truth that “God is love” and that the one who knows love, knows God. Knowing is not just for a moment, but for a lifetime. And, I give thanks for their witness.


  • be still
  • let the cloud of witnesses envelop you
  • find your witness or witnesses who lived/are living this truth
  • give thanks for their presence in your life
  • when ready, go with encouragement and renewed energy
  • go and witness this truth in your own life

Explanation and purpose

Introduction to my occasional series A Great Cloud of Witnesses


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