On the 8th day of Easter the church gives to us: Thomas. Surprisingly fitting for the day: not bad but one where our congregation begins to wrap its arms around the commission we heard from Mary and the women last week. It was bleak and dreary, in counterpoint to last Sunday, yet not as “low” as many might expect. Grandchildren visiting and this week’s seekers for relationship with God helped bring the Eastertide into reality.

Scripture today points us to God’s plan and God’s interaction with us in that plan. God doesn’t simply act in a vacuum but works humanity into the plan. But it’s not simply a fait accompli but a relationship that allows us to ask for clarification and insights so that we might really understand the complexity of what it means to have a living God, dwelling among us. The questions we as help us really see God in a manner that allows us to share God’s presence. Refreshing that we can push back a little.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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