Why “On Belay”?
In mountain climbing, every roped climber clinging to a rock face or gym wall has a partner performing a critical role on the ground. The belayer skillfully handles the rope and can be relied upon to catch a fall every time the need arises. The person making the climb is said to be “on belay”—meaning they are being supported by a belayer. In our context, a belayer would be there to help navigate the emotions and spiritual questions that come with a serious diagnosis. Belayers are not there to give medical advice or assist with decision-making. They are there to provide support and exemplify the love and hope that we have in Jesus, even in the midst of a health crisis.?