All Saints Messenger - April 5, 2018

posted Apr 26, 2018, 1:15 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Oh, the transformative power of doubt.

On this "Doubting Thomas" Sunday we can all recall a sermon or two that we have heard praising doubt...and that is a good thing. Without our doubt and questioning we would be open to havoc at the whim of evil and manipulators. Someone needed to doubt that the world was flat, or women were property or that  slavery was a good thing. With the many charges of "fake news" being hurled these days we'd better be skilled at sorting out what's real.

Thomas was a courageous disciple--pledging to follow Jesus to the cross, being martyred, legend says, in India as an apostle. His initial "doubt" was not a sign of weak character. He wanted to be sure, and Jesus doesn't condemn him for it, but by Jesus' presence transforms his doubt into faith.

The certainty of religious zealots can wreak havoc. God invites us to faith, not certainty. It is a sign of confidence in the Spirit's presence in our lives that we are willing to come to God with wonder, mystery, awe--and doubt.

Lord, give us the gift of growing in faith that comes from question and doubt. Let your spirit fill us with confidence in your presence... and that's sufficient. Amen.