Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28 NRSV)

In John's Gospel we focus on Thomas' doubts and we say, "Yes, I can identify with that." And we miss the punch line. We miss the important part. We miss the words of the Master. Jesus said to Thomas, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Blessed are the believers. We are not talking about the smugly self-righteous or about the pious pontificators who spout off answers to questions no one is even asking. We are talking about people who have come to grips with their doubts in an honest and forthright way and have made a commitment of their will to trust in the care and providence of God.

They are indeed the blessed of this earth. They are healthier, happier, and generally more effective in relating to others than are the doubters and the cynics. It is they who move the world forward, for there is power in believing--more power than the unbeliever can ever know. Part of that power is the power of vision--for truly if seeing is believing, the converse is equally as true. Believing is seeing--seeing possibilities and promises that bode good fortune for all who perceive their presence. So, I say it again, blessed are the believers.

God of all, forgive me in my unbelief, and bless me in my belief. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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