SOMETIMES WE THINK of doubt as a failure in a person’s faith. I believe, rather, that doubt is a human condition. The scriptures tell us the story of people with amazing faith – Abram and Sarai, Moses, Esther, Job, Mary and Joseph. And they tell us about faithful folks who struggled with faith – the disciples, who hid behind locked doors after the resurrection (John 20:19-23); Thomas, who needed more proof to believe (John 20: 24-29); and even Jesus, who asked whether the cup of suffering could pass from him (Matthew 26:39).
Doubting, asking questions, struggling to believe – these are not signs of human failings, but are human experiences. The challenge for us is, perhaps, to continue to engage our struggles, to face our fears, to wrestle through the night – and, during those dark nights when we cannot feel or believe that God is present with us, to continue the work that was set before us.
– Alive Now
From the Editor’s Note by Beth A. Richardson, page 5 in Alive Now March/April 2016. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
Psalm 31:9, NRSV
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