July 3, 2018
Wounds and Understanding
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side..."
A long time ago, my oldest son stumbled in the kitchen. A knife in the cutlery rack of the open dishwasher door stabbed his leg and he had to get stitches. Now, 20 years later, you can still see the scar. I glance at my forearm and a darkened crescent shape reminds me of the time I burned myself with an iron.
Whether we are children or adults, we relish battle scars. We compare them, check to see if they are still visible. They are evidence of adventures, mistakes, and they are signs of surprising strength. We recognize ourselves, in part, through our scars.
Thomas was in Jesus' presence but held back, hesitant--until he touched the wound in Jesus' side. In and through Jesus' wounds, he remembered, he recognized, he understood.
Jesus, with Thomas, I contemplate your wounds and pray, "My Lord and my God!"
- Amy Welborn
Ephesians 2:19-22|Psalm 117:1-2|John 20:24-29