Jesus Christ, I like to think about

the embrace you and Thomas share

After he discovers, that you are really alive–

Were there tears?

Does he stroke your wounds when you invite him to?

Which touch was more intimate?

Jesus, it makes me think of how faith

is a collective verb, throughout the Bible–

and how individualistic belief is almost an impossible concept!

I love that the question is not how can Thomas have doubts,

but rather

how do we, as a community build faith together?

Can we build a community between the uncertain men

and the unseen and still ignored labor the women do?

Yes–the Holy Spirit whispers!

Can we build a faith community between those who are risk adverse

and those who ask the hard questions?

Yes, God is affirming in a voice of love

Can we be a faith community with wounds and imperfections?

Yes, Jesus returns to tell us, again and again

Thank you Jesus for giving us the story

of Thomas,

Thank you

for Breathing us into a Community of Faith.


Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny Presbyterian church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY since 2010 and blogs prayers & Narrative Lectionary at and is pursuing her Doctorate in Creative Writing in Public Theology at Pittsburgh Seminary. When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read.

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