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I’ve come to a new appreciation of Thomas the Apostle over recent years. I used to write him off a bit as the doubter of the crowd. Life and more thoughtful reflection have suggested a variety of other perspectives to me:
Perhaps seeing Thomas from a different angle helps us to revision ourselves as well. Try a new perspective on some of your life experiences. Where do you now see courage in perseverance where once you saw only weakness because you were afraid? Can you see that returning to work, family, life or health in the midst of difficulty was actually grace? When did you stand with a loved one who was in pain, ill or dying? Can you see that you showed great love by your very presence? Sure it almost broke your heart, but here you still are – loving and showing up again for the next person who needs you. See yourself as the beloved of God who invites you close and then sends you back out as witness to the resurrection.
Thomas the Apostle, inspire us!