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“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,
“Peace be with you.” John 20:19
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In worship we gathered around the story of Thomas, the disciple who flatly refused to believe what the other disciples were telling him about seeing the risen Jesus, and who is forever known as “doubting Thomas.”
But instead of talking about Thomas as the bad guy, we joined him in his doubt.
We brought forward our questions and struggles and were reminded that the life of faith is not all rainbows and sunshine but that faith and doubt often go hand in hand.
Doubts are a part of faith.
And having them does not make you less worthy of the gift you have been given.
They do not lessen the grace that has been poured upon you.
So we doubt together.
We’re not alone in our struggles.
We gather and question and laugh and cry together.
And we breathe a collective sigh of relief when someone has the courage to ask a question that has been in our hearts all along.
And then we question some more.
Knowing that this is what it means to be in this community of faith.
We don’t have to have all the answers, but our questions matter.
We matter in this place, in this community.
Thank you for being with us and bringing your thoughtful and beautiful questions along with you this week.
We will have both services available on the podcast, so if you missed one or both, take a listen.
Join us in the questions.
God met us there, and will meet you there as well.
Questions for Discussion:
Sometimes having questions can make us feel like our faith is somehow lacking. But that is not true at all. Take some time this week, and send us a note about a question of faith you’ve always wanted answered.