"Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith, it is an element of faith.” Paul Tillich
When you hear the name of Jesus’ disciple, Thomas, what comes to mind? Probably “doubting Thomas”, right? The story in the Gospel of John, the 20th chapter is the one where the risen Christ appears among the disciples, but Thomas wasn’t there, so he doesn’t believe.
Well, who would’ve believed that crazy story? An empty tomb and Jesus appearing in the middle of a room where the doors were locked? That sounds easy to doubt.
And what’s so bad about doubt? Questions aren’t wrong. Being uncertain doesn’t make you a bad person. God doesn’t condemn us for wondering. Thomas didn’t lose his faith, he just needed a little assurance.
God is bigger than our doubts and our fears. God can handle our questions and our accusations. God is looking to be connected to us and our doubts, fears, questions, unbelief, and skepticism are just a part of us. God loves all of us. God loves our whole selves and that includes the whole bundle of what it means to be human.
So, let’s bring our doubts and our questions to God and let God share Jesus’ wounds, while we share our wounds. God became one of us so that we can trust God is with us in our suffering and our struggles.
What a gift.
We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am MDT as we worship together via the stream.
Grace be with you,
"This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek." Terry Tempest Williams