"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 NRSV)
It's like the story told of the two evil brothers. They were both rascals, rotten to the core, but then came the day when the older brother died. The younger brother went to speak to the pastor about the eulogy he would be offering at the funeral. He insisted, that in his funeral remarks, the pastor tell the congregation that the older brother was a saint. With considerable reluctance, the pastor agreed.

On the day of the funeral though, the pastor held nothing back. He lambasted the elder brother: "This was an evil man! He cheated. He hustled. He used people!" He went on like this for several more moments but then concluded his remarks by saying, "However . . . compared to his brother, he was a saint!"

I want to say a genuine good word for Thomas. He wasn't just a doubter. Earlier, Thomas told Jesus that he would give his life for him. It was Thomas who asked for clarification so that he might know the way in which Jesus was going. Jesus responded by saying, "I am the way, and the truth and the life." Honest doubt is not all bad. We can learn from our doubts.

Loving God, through my doubts, may I learn more about your awesome love for me. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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