“One must not despair of God, for hope is the first step on the road to salvation. Even if you do not travel the road, at least keep the road open. Do not say that you have gone astray. Take the straight way and there will be no crookedness. […]
If you have done evil, you have done it to yourself. How could the evil you have done ever reach Him? When a bird perches on a mountaintop, and then flies away, what has the mountain gained or lost? When you straighten yourself out, nothing else remains.
Do not abandon hope.
(From: ‘Signs of the Unseen’ Jalaluddin Rumi, trans. Wheeler Thackston)