Thought for the week 09.05.19

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Easter is over and all that’s left are the crumpled wrappers of too many chocolate eggs and a stale hot-cross bun or two.

And rumours of an amazing happening 2000 years ago. How could it be true? Could a thoroughly dead man (crufixion was a terrible way to die and the Roman soldiers made sure there was no life left) really come back to life? Were his disciples spreading ‘fake news’?

Well, those first followers of Jesus certainly believed he was alive, and were even prepared to face death themselves rather than deny their Lord Jesus.

In the middle of my mother’s funeral service 20 years or so ago, these words popped into my head: ‘What if it’s not true?’

What a time to doubt!

Yet, that experience led me to question and to think more deeply, and I came to a deeper faith in Jesus Christ.

My Canadian cousin’s husband was a barrister, and when I visited them we had many a lively discussion about Christianity. ‘Prove it!’ was his constant demand. All I could ever give him was what in legal terms might be called circumstantial evidence of lives changed (not least my own) and hope in seemingly hopeless situations.

Let us not be afraid of doubts but embrace them and question and ponder.

Uncertainty is a healthy part of faith. A quotation may help: ‘Faith is a bird which senses the dawn and sings though it is yet dark.’

Rev Joyce Watson,

St Columba, Isle of Iona.