A Prayer for Easter, Week 2 (John 20:24-28)

Resurrection changed everything
    but one week later we sit in the house,
    frightened with the door shut.
Among us is Thomas, famous for doubts
   but he is just the most honest–
   we saw his broken body walk through walls
and felt his hot breath, but here we are.
We didn’t believe. . .not yet, not really.

Jesus came as before and smiled at the honest one.
    Peace be with you!
     Put your finger here. . .
     Reach your hand here
            Stop doubting and believe!

We saw all doubt and reservation melt from honest Tom,
       “My Lord and My God!”

Thank you Jesus that by your resurrection
    You brought hope to the world,
     You broke death and the power of darkness.

We confess that like your disciples,
   we disbelieve the testimony of others,
   we demand proof and have
   reservations about you.
Still you come to us in our woundedness and
    calm the storm raging
in our hearts.

Lead us to deeper faith
   so that in the face of war and destruction,
                                 misogyny and abuse,
                                 racism and systemic poverty,
                                 and countless other injustices that persist.
May we also gaze on You and exclaim,
        “My Lord and God!”

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