Doubt. There are so many things that all people have in common; doubt is simply one more. One of the things I point out in both sermons is that doubt is part of the normal human condition. Being completely convinced of everything at all times is not the sign of good mental health.
We see one of Jesus’ followers expressing doubt in today’s gospel lesson, the famous or infamous Doubting Thomas. There are some really good things to take from this part of John but one of the things I wanted to highlight is that Thomas’ doubt is not condemned by Jesus but rather is addressed and when the doubt is addressed, Thomas believes. The issue is never doubt itself, but what we do with the doubt.
Knox Presbyterian We all doubt, don’t we?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian We all doubt, don’t we?
PS Sorry there is no drawing this week but it has been one of those weeks. If you missed the drawing, or rejoiced in its absence, let me know and I’ll bear that in mind for future posts, I promise.