Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  John 20:27-28

In reading this gospel account of Thomas – often known as “doubting Thomas” – I realize that he isn’t really all that different from the other disciples. However, after seeing Jesus, Thomas believes that Jesus is not only alive, but also is God. The other disciples rejoice at seeing Jesus alive, but Thomas is the only one who proclaims, “My Lord and my God!”

Most of us have had in each of our lives those dark times of doubt when we are even afraid to admit all the questions that we have about our faith. We can be grateful that the Bible deals realistically with doubt. While it is primarily a book of faith, when we read carefully, we discover that with every story of faith that unfolds in the Bible, interwoven somewhere in that story are some shades of doubt. 

Our doubts will lead us to deeper convictions. I love this quote from Malcolm Muggeridge, a British journalist who came to faith late in his life, “Only atheists never doubt; the moment one believes, one automatically doubts, doubt being an integral part of faith. For doubt is the ants in the pants of faith. It’s what keeps our faith alive and moving.”

As a community of believers, I’m convinced that by encouraging one another, by candidly sharing our doubts and our faith, and by serving – not only one another, but in our community – that we will find strength and support when we need it most. Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, Indeed!

Pastor MacLean