This week we pondered the problem of doubt that Thomas struggled with when he was not present that first Easter evening when Jesus suddenly appeared amidst the followers gathered behind locked doors. It is like missing the party and feeling left out, absent, isolated by covid. Doubt wrestles with faith as friends that share the story of this marvelous experience. Thomas won’t believe until he sees for himself and his faith is like a wisp of hope the size of a tiny mustard seed. Amazingly a week later when everyone is gathered again behind locked doors, Jesus returns to offer Thomas his hands and side to touch and feel and know that Jesus is alive, risen and active.
Doubts eat away our peace and joy. Katharina von Schlegel, a composer in the German Pietistic Revival in Germany in the 1700s, wrote Be Still My Soul. Jane L. Borthwick translated her verse into English a century later. The song was set to one movement from Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, Finland’s best-known composer. Three people from three countries and from different time periods combined their talents to develop this beloved hymn.
In the midst of doubt, chaos and upheaval, we can be still and know that Christ can walk through locked doors to meet us in our weakness. May you hear Christ whisper into your life, “Peace be with you.”