Essential to Faith

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” [Luke 24:38]

Theologian Paul Tillich writes, “Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is essential to faith.” I appreciate Tillich’s perspective, because I have often considered doubt as a crucible for faith.  Doubt keeps us curious and open to new possibilities.  If we are certain, we sometimes cannot receive new thoughts or ideas or understandings. Where has doubt fueled your faith? I remember a Saturday before Easter when I had no message to deliver on Easter Morn. It was the year my dad died and now both my parents were dead.  Early Saturday morning, I went to their gravesides and tended to them. I placed flowers and spent time listening for God’s still small voice to reassure me that life and not death had the final word. Through my streaming tears, my doubt that Saturday fueled my understanding of the power of the resurrection in and for my life. Christ is alive in us!


Resurrecting God, it is so easy to be overcome by the power of death so prevalent in our world today. I can’t help but remember those who lost their lives while celebrating Easter worship or an Easter Brunch in Sri Lanka this year, so help me reclaim anew that Christ is alive and that life, not death has the final word. Amen.

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