Believe

By Linda Booth, Council of Twelve Apostles

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  John 20:19–21

 When Thomas heard the other apostles had seen the resurrected Christ, he announced that he needed visual and tactile proof to believe what they had seen. A week later Christ again appeared and offered Thomas the opportunity to see and believe.

When Thomas’ fingers touched Christ’s visible wounds, Thomas confessed, “My Lord and my God!” In that moment Christ blessed future generations that would never see him but would believe in his life, teachings, and resurrection because of the witness of others.

There is a new, growing Community of Christ congregation in Moss Point, Mississippi. It exists because of the witness of one woman named Geraldine, whose life showed the living Christ. When Geraldine started a new job, several co-workers jokingly told her if she stayed with them long enough she’d end up cussing like them.

Geraldine could have ignored them because their lifestyles were different from hers. Instead, she loved them, prayed with them, and showed them new life in Jesus Christ.

Because of her witness, Nedra and her daughters learned about Community of Christ, deepened their discipleship, and were baptized. As faithful disciples, Nedra’s family shared its witness, and many more believed and were baptized. The Moss Point Community of Christ now has more than 40 disciples who show others that Christ lives.

As Christ’s present-day disciples, we are called to continue to testify of Jesus Christ so that future generations will see, believe, and then witness to others.

Prayer for Peace:

Invisible God, we thank you for the witnesses of the past who have shown you to us. May we witness to others so they may believe.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All

Reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by recalling experiences of God’s presence and invitation. Journal or quietly reflect on images and insights that come. When has God seemed real in your life? When have you felt deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family members, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will share my testimony of the peace of Jesus Christ.

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