My family and I recently returned from a trip to N.Y. to attend a family members’ funeral. A sad occasion but one filled with a greater appreciation for life, family and an honorable respect to those that have paved the way before us.

Needless to say, the family member that passed was a rough man. Selfish by nature and difficult in character, he was not easy to live with. His wife by nature was sweet and giving. She shared with me some of her sad experiences. The abuse to herself and children by his very hands. The words and actions of hate rather than love to a spouse. The lifestyle of a bachelor with no conscience than of a family man providing for his family. It was tough!

This same man became very ill and needed great care. It was the very one he abused, despised and dejected that took him to his appointments, followed – up with his paperwork, by his bedside during hospital visits, and assisted him with things he could no longer do for himself. She watched over him up to the day of his death and she is not a Christian.

I couldn’t help but ponder, could we as Christians do the same? Is the term, “till death do us part” a thing of the past and are they conditional?

My mind shifts to a mother in Zion, an elderly but godly woman. A heavy cross she bears in her christian pathway filled with heartache due to the lack of love and tenderness from her husband. Yet, she toils on by his side with grace that radiates her character. A testament to God’s mighty, keeping and all-sufficient power.

The Bible speaks of a cloud of witnesses. God in His wisdom placed them for our benefit. They are our examples, our inspiration, our pattern to follow. As stated in a previous post, Does This Really Work…or What?, we are reminded that trials have their purpose. The article reads, God chose you and then gave you all the tools to be more than a conqueror and have a light shinning on purpose so the world can see this “modern day Job.”

Yes! We can do it! There are moments when the road seems hard and long. However, it has been cleared before us. Walk in it – for it takes us to glory leading the way for those behind to tread.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1