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  1. Praying Creatively with All Our Senses – Godspace
    September 8, 2016 @ 3:01 am

    […] Saints”. We are indeed “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1). As I wrote in an earlier post, even creation surrounds us, giving testimony to the goodness of God. I wanted this prayer trail to […]

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  2. All Saints Day | pilgrimwr.unitingchurch.org.au
    August 16, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    […] from Andy Wade, Director, Godspace….. “Celebrating the Goodness of God with All the Saints” was the theme for the 25th […]

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  3. James Cameron
    August 12, 2016 @ 4:06 am

    I like that added line of ‘and realise their need for Him’. It’s one of those little ‘helps’ that may clear and add to the meaning behind Christ’s words. Not everybody understands the bases of the Beatitudes so if an extra explanatory piece is added all the better. Clouds can be beautiful but also rather misty if we can’t see through them. Blessings.

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  4. afwade
    August 11, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Steve. Yes, I do have a list of witnesses… and it’s growing! I have many family members and friends on that list as well. And yes, I agree fully with you about that translation of that particular beatitude. For various reasons I thought overall this was the best translation for our purposes that day. I probably should have added my own translation for that particular one. To be fair, the Gospel of Matthew does add “in Spirit” (ho pneuma) whereas Luke’s version leaves this off with just “the poor” (ho ptochos – beggars, poor, indigent…). I did realize I left off which passage and version I used there so have added it back into the post. For this particular reflection I think it would be good to looks for those in our lives who represent both interpretations – let’s make that cloud BIG!

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  5. Steve Kimes
    August 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    I love this idea of discovering one’s cloud of witnesses, the saints of the past that guide us and oversee us.
    Do you have a list of saints in this way?
    Mine would be:
    Francis of Assisi
    Keith Green
    A.W. Tozer
    Peter Waldo

    I have to mention that the interpretation of Matt 5:3, which includes the line not in the text “and realize their need for Him,” is misguided and draws one away from the intent of the text. I won’t troll you by giving you an exegesis of the text, but I do believe that it is a cop-out, allowing many to avoid relating to the poor, which is what the text is about.

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