Then [Jesus] 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.”

John 20:27

Doubt by Norman Shirk

Let me meet you on the mountain, Lord,
Just once.
You wouldn’t have to burn a whole bush.
Just a few smoking branches
And I would surely be …your Moses.

Let me meet you on the water, Lord,
Just once.
It wouldn’t have to be on White Rock Lake.
Just on a puddle after the annual Dallas rain
And I would surely be…your Peter.

Let me meet you on the road, Lord,
Just once.
You wouldn’t have to blind me on North Central Expressway.
Just a few bright lights on the way to chapel
And I would surely be…your Paul.

Let me meet you, Lord,
Just once.
Anywhere. Anytime.
Just meeting you in the Word is so hard sometimes
Must I always be…your Thomas?”

This is a wonderful, honest poem for all who struggle with doubt, which I suspect is all of us, at some point or another. This poem makes me think of one of my favorite prayers in scripture, Mark 9:24 – “I believe; help my unbelief!”

If you struggle with doubt, I invite you to join me in this prayer:

O Lord, I hear your tender words to Thomas, and receive them as my own: “Do not doubt but believe.” I believe, Lord; help my unbelief! Help me when I doubt, when I struggle to believe, when my faith falters, and when the road ahead seems uncertain. Take my hand, Lord, and lead me. Let me see you, Lord. Let me meet you. In your Word, in my prayers, in the kindness of others, and in my doubts. Amen

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