The Spirit said, "cloud of WITNESSES", and that has one obvious thrust -- they see! In the past week, two dear friends have changed sides. Bob and Rosi went from the race to the stands, from earth to the Lord's presence, from running to watching, from striving to resting...
It is the Christian's privilege to understand that their saved loved ones may well be allowed to watch their own funeral. If so, they definitely watch it with the full realization that God is God, and all is under control, all is well.
But how they must long for us to pay attention to the implications of this one amazing verse -- Hebrews 12:1!
(In memory of Bob Bixby and Rosi Minguez)