This Friday is the Feast of St Thomas, and whist we will not be able to gather as a whole school community on this day, we can still spend some time reflecting on the gift of St Thomas. As we know St Thomas is often referred to as the doubter. I think that it is part of our human experience to feel a sense of doubt. Recent times have certainly provided many opportunities for doubt.
- Where is God?
- How can this be happening?
- If I do this, will God stop hardship from affecting me?
Jesus understands our humanness and meets us during these times, leading us back to faith and hope. It is what we do with the doubt and how we journey through it that sets us as a community of believes apart from those who have not yet experienced the love of God. Our faith and hope is renewed by a smile, a kind word or by someone reaching out to us. It is when we are ‘noticed’ by another, truly noticed, that we realise we are not alone…that God is with us.
For all of us, faith is a journey and there will be times of doubt or darkness. Essentially faith is not believing a set of truths about God, but believing in a personal loving God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (God’s Word. Daily Reflections 2020, St Pauls Publications 2020)
As we enter into what will hopefully be a restful school holidays, I though this may be a nice ritual to share as a family.
Write thank you notes to one another in your family, naming all the little things you appreciate about each other, but which often go unacknowledged.
The Spirit of God has made a home in you. (See Romans 8:9)
You may even like to extend this to creating a ‘gratitude jar’ or a journal. This is a way to honour all that we are grateful for, especially over the past few weeks!
Enjoy the holidays and let’s be a community that walks “Forward in Faith.”