Last year on the 10 year anniversary of my dad's death, I posted about the incredible goodness of God surrounding his death. Today marks the 11 year anniversary of his passing, and I'm reminded of the sweetness of heaven and the call to run with perseverance.
"Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1
My dad falls in the "great cloud of witnesses" mentioned here - he put his faith and trust in Jesus, just like those mentioned in Hebrews 11. I'm reminded again today of the beauty and glory of heaven when things will be restored and made right, and we will at last get rid of the "sin which clings so closely." With each ache I experience in life, heaven seems all the more beautiful.
In the meantime, I'm going to run!