When mountain climbers are in dangerous terrain. . . they rope themselves together.
Sometimes one of them slips and falls — backslides. But not everyone falls at once, and so those who are still on their feet are able to keep the backslider from falling away completely. And of course, in any group of climbers there is a veteran climber in the lead, identified for us in the letter to the Hebrews as “Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”
Traveling in the way of faith and climbing the ascent to Christ may be difficult, but it is not worrisome. The weather may be adverse, but it is never fatal. We may slip and stumble and fall, but the Rope will hold us.
from God’s Message for each day by Eugene H. Peterson.