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, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)
Hymn ELH 394:5 We Thank Thee, Jesus, Dearest Friend
Through Him we heirs of heav’n are made;
O Brother, Christ, extend Thine aid
That we may firmly trust in Thee
And through Thee live eternally.
Jesus, my Savior, You endured the shame of the cross, dying to pay for my sins and the sins of all. In joy and thanks for all You have done for me, help me to avoid sin and live according to Your will. Amen.