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Hebrews 11

Stories define communities. Countries have stories of struggle and prosperity that unite their people. Cities and towns retell tales of significant events that shaped their populations. Even families have stories they pass down from generation to generation and retell at family gatherings.

For the ancient Hebrews, the stories of the Old Testament defined, united and encouraged their community. These stories reminded them that they were not the first to travel this journey of faith. As followers of Jesus and members of His family, these individuals who lived their lives “by faith” are our spiritual ancestors as well. These are the stories of our family. The people described in Hebrews lived at different times, in different countries and even spoke different languages. They experienced different struggles, but one truth defined and unified their experiences: They lived by faith in Jesus.

Like these Bible heroes, we all have a different story. But don’t be deceived into believing you are alone. We are connected by faith in Jesus to each other and to these saints of long ago. Be encouraged by this “cloud of witnesses.” Reflect on God’s work in the lives of those around us and in the lives of those who went before us.

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