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Stories We Tell: The Alcove Swing
By Timothy Baze
The Alcove Swing, located in Yosemite National Park on El Capitan, is a popular and easy-to-reach attraction for rock climbers and thrill seekers. It’s a single rope attached to the top of an alcove with a rock climbing anchor. Visitors to Yosemite Valley can attach that rope to their harness, jump outward, and swing over the Valley. It’s an incredible view, but in order to enjoy it, you must trust the person who creates the anchor at the top of the alcove year after year. 
Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.”
Although Paul was talking about ship anchors, the anchor at the top of the Alcove Swing gives a clearer picture of what Paul was illustrating. Our Anchor is within the veil — up in heaven. Jesus has already gone ahead to set that anchor and connected to Him on an unbreakable rope. We have nothing to be afraid of.
Timothy Baze is a senior theology major at Pacific Union College