Scores of people have been forever etched in history in a negative light. Doubting Thomas is one of those people. Perhaps it’s fair. After all, he did say, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25, CEB). Thomas shows us the improbability of belief…of believing in a God that is beyond…in a God that caused life…in a God that is with us…in a God that raises life from death.
Yet Thomas shows us something else. He shows us that we can keep showing up with our doubts and God will show up to us. Then, we might believe.
So what do we do with our doubt? We show up. In community. With honesty. With humility. With expectation.
We pray the prayer of the doubting/believing saints: Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
Message from Sunday, April 3, 2016:
Image: Iványi-Grünwald, Béla. Thomas Touches Christ’s Side, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56120 [retrieved April 4, 2016]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iv%C3%A1nyi_Doubting_Saint_Thomas.jp