Entering the room where the disciples were together Jesus made his way toward Thomas and said: “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
Stunned that Jesus recognized him Thomas responded: “My Lord and my God!”
Looking into Thomas’ eyes Jesus stated the truth, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”
Adapted from John 20:27-29
Wikipedia defines the word doubt in this way:
To doubt is to disbelieve, to be unsure of an alleged fact, and to wonder if what we are doing, thinking or believing is true. Doubting is neglecting to see the truth that stares us in the face as Thomas did.
Jesus is real. He was with the prophets of old, the apostles in the New Testament era and today he is with us in this strange and harsh world we call home. We cannot see him as those in the past did, but we can know and feel his presence in our daily lives, through both the good and the difficult moments. To feel is a God given sense that is real. Feel the love and presence of Jesus in your life today, tomorrow and in your future. He promises to be with us and to carry our burdens and give rest to our weary souls.
Who will join me and step out of their fears and doubts, have faith and believe?
A truth to remember: Faith and belief is the confidennt assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.
Adapted from Hebrews 11:1