Friday, April 29, 2011 – Easter 2, Year A
John 20:26-30 – A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he 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.” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples which are not written in this book.
Despite his doubt, Thomas was still a trusted disciple of Jesus at the end of this scripture. None of us have perfect faith. All of us have doubts. The good news of the story of Thomas is that God still accepts and uses us, doubts and all, to better the Kingdom.
Prayer (From a responsive Prayer for Faith written by Rev. Cheryl Cornish, Pastor, First Congregational Church, Memphis, TN): Take what faith we have, O God! Guide it, grow it, resurrect it, so that we might experience the signs and wonders of a life of faith. AMEN.