rope full of knots

A young disciple once came to his master, saying:

“I’ve done terrible things in my life. I know the Lord can

never forgive me.

What can I do?


“Ah, my child,” answered the master, “Don’t you see?

All of us are connected to God by a piece of rope,

one that is the same length

for every one of us.

  When we sin, alas, we cut the rope that connects us to the Holy One.

But when e repent, God is eager to tie the pieces together again.

Every time you tie a knot in a rope, of course, it get’s shorter.

Hence, those with more knots in their rope are that much closer to God.


 So trust, my child, in the forgiveness of the Lord, the Merciful and Compassionate One.

He loves to tie knots!” *







Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages

 teaching in their synagogues

 and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom

and curing every disease and every sickness.


When he saw the crowds

 he had compassion for them

 because they were harassed and helpless

 like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)


  • “from Belden C. Lane, Backpacking With the Saints-Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice; Oxford University Press, 2015

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