Hear It on Sunday. Use It on Monday! | These Things Did Thomas Count as Real by Thomas Troeger (1983)

 

The Incredulity of Thomas by Duccio (1308-11)

The Incredulity of Thomas by Duccio (1308-11)

These things did Thomas count as real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of flesh and bone.

The vision of his skeptic mind
was keen enough to make him blind
to any unexpected act
too large for his small world of fact.

His reasoned certainties denied
that one could live when one had died,
until his fingers read like Braille
the markings of the spear and nail.

May we, O God, by grace believe
And thus the risen Christ receive,
whose raw, imprinted palms reach out –
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

~ Thomas Troeger
(1983)

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Did Jesus Really Die?

Children have a way, don’t they? Specifically, they have a way of asking the wrong question at the wrong time, literally.

The following happened about four Easters ago now. And I still remember it with a combination of joy and trembling.

One of our choir members had his four-year old granddaughter with him at the early service (8:00 a.m. – yawn!). Grandma was home getting Easter dinner underway. Monica, the granddaughter, and I were good buddies, and her grandpa asked if she could sit with me before and during the service. Not a problem!

As the service progressed, it came time for the pastor’s Easter message. In it, of course, he made reference to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

At the words, “Jesus died on the cross…,” she turned to me and in a whisper others could hear said,

“Jesus died?”

The stricken expression on her face told me I needed to quickly respond with something comforting. But what would a four-year old understand about death and resurrection? Talk about feeling put on the spot!

Quickly I asked God’s help and just as quickly received an answer.

Giving Monica my full attention and getting down on her level, I quietly told her that yes, Jesus died on the cross as a gift for us. I also told her God brought Jesus to life again.

I then indicated we needed to be quiet, and she should ask Grandpa more about it once they got home.

Her response? “Amazing!”

Yes, Monica, it is amazing and stays so year after year.

Have you ever been put on the spot by a child asking similar questions? Perhaps you’ll be willing to share below if you have.

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