Saints were and are ordinary people.Though imperfect, doubt-filled,
weak, lonely, and fearful at times, they chose to remain
uncompromisingly faithful witnesses to the gospel. This great "cloud
of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1) is the unity of all believers past, present,
and future. ...
Saints come from all walks of life and from every culture; the young,
the old, the rich, the poor -- all are illumined by the mystery of
God's loving presence in their lives. These ordinary folks make loving
God and neighbor their extraordinary choice day in and day out. Saints
step out in faith, trusting and obeying the call of God. Their purty
of heart awakens us to the realization that we too are called to be
shining examples of God's spirit of love.
-- Keith Beasley-Topliffe, editor
THE UPPER ROOM DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION