I have a new word for you today. That word is "gullible". Do you know what gullible means? It means someone who will believe anything without proof. The disciple named Thomas was not gullible. He wanted proof. He wanted to be sure. So when the other disciples came and told him that they had seen Jesus, alive, after he had died, Thomas said that he wanted to see for himself. "I want to see the marks of the nails and put my finger on them." he said.
A week later, he got his chance. All the disciples were together and Jesus showed up again! He said to Thomas, "Put your finger right here and see and touch the marks." Thomas did and he had his proof. Now he believe that Jesus was really there.
It takes all kinds of people to be God's Church. Some of us believe what is told to us right away. Other of us, like Thomas, want some proof. All of us belong here. We can help each other understand things and help each other to do the right things. So don't be afraid to ask questions and learn more about what we believe.
Let's pray about that.
God, we thank you that you are a God that isn't afraid of us asking questions and wanting to know things. We thank you for the people that are here right now that help us understand the things we believe. We thank you for Jesus and all the others who can show us how to believe and how to act. Help us to understand and believe and share that with other people.