Activity – Life Lines

2-colour knots

We are creatures both of time and eternity. This activity explores these two lives in a tactile way.

You will need yarn of two different colours.
Each person will need a short length (about 15-30cm / 6-12″) of one colour and a much longer length, several metres, of another. Wind the longer length into a small ball.

Hold the shorter length of yarn. This represents your earthly life, from birth at one end to death at the other.
Tie a knot very close to one end of the yarn to represent your birth. Tie more knots in the yarn to represent major life events, nearer to the birth end for things in your early years, in the middle for things in your adult life, nearer the other end for things later in life. The ‘older’ end may be blank for many.
Knot the ‘older’ end onto the little ball of yarn. This knot represents death and the ball of yarn is the life beyond.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Cor 5:1

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
 “Where, O death, is your victory?

   Where, O death, is your sting?”
1 Cor 15:54-55

Suggested Texts

  • 1 Kings 17
  • 2 Kings 4
  • Matt 27:50:53
  • Matt 28:5-8
  • Mark 16:6
  • Luke 24:5-6
  • John 11:1-44
  • Acts 9:36-41
  • Acts 20:9-10
  • 1 Cor 15:54-55
  • 2 Cor 5:1



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