Have you ever wondered if you have enough faith? Have you ever felt overcome by doubt?
In others? In God? In Jesus? In yourself? You have! Well you’re in good company so join the club. Even the disciples, Jesus’ closest friends knew what it was to be overcome by doubt and fear. But huddled away in a hidden room, Jesus comes among them and gives them his peace.
Thomas wasn’t in the room with them all the first time he came and refused to believe until he could see for himself. So what did Jesus do? He gave him the gift of peace as well.
What’s that I hear you say? “You weren’t there either.” Well Jesus thought of that one too. His gift of peace is for you also. “Peace be with you” is his prayer. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” he told the disciples. And you guessed it he was talking about you and me.
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you,’ he said to the disciples as he prayed for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit. John got the memo, and full of the Holy Spirit, wrote his Gospel including all the information you and I need so that we can believe too.
So the next time you find yourself struggling with doubt and fear, try not to be overcome by it and remember that Jesus gift to those first doubters was a gift for you too.
May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
Till next time. Andrew
This week's readings; Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills