|Even in our darkest hour, he is there.|
Thomas felt such a peace that he could not find words to describe what he had experienced. It did not matter though, he just knew what was inside him at that moment and he wanted to feel that way forever. He looked around and saw many people crowding around the Galilean, but for that brief moment, this man and Thomas were alone together. He seemed so much like his father, but there was something even so much greater about him than any man that he met before.
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Just then, Thomas looked over the Galilean’s shoulder and saw several men arguing with one another. From what he could hear, they were trying to convince each other that they themselves were greater than the person standing before them. Thomas heard one man say, “But I am the one that he loves!” Yet another nearby said, “No one else got out of the boat, you were all too afraid!” And yet another responded, “Yes, but did you have the faith to stay afloat?” Each in turn said that they would sit beside the one called “Jesus” in the next kingdom. This confused Thomas as to why they argued and he did not know whom this man Jesus was.
|My good friend Gerry and my son, Will.|
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
The Galilean spoke for a few minutes more to his followers and to the crowd, all the while sitting next to Thomas. When he was done speaking, he stopped and turned to Thomas to talk with him once more.
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Thomas turned and looked up and saw his father standing behind him, and beside his father was Thomas’ mother smiling and beaming with joy. Thomas could only think now of his father and so he rushed as quickly as his legs could carry him into his father’s arms. He buried his head deeply into his daddy’s shoulder as his father picked him up and swung him around and around.
“Father, I have missed you so much!”
“I too have missed you as well my son.”
Just then both Thomas’ parents looked over to the Galilean named Jesus. Jesus was looking on, watching with a smile on his face.
Jesus now looks over to Thomas’ mother.
“Sarah, you are a good mother and wife. Do not fear when John is away, I am with you always and you too will soon have the counselor that I will send into the world. He will comfort you and give you peace when you are alone and afraid. Turn to me and I will not abandon you, for I am the good shepherd and I will never leave my sheep. Man will one day understand through me that ‘all’ are equal in the eyes of God and have equal worth, men and women alike.”
Jesus now looks over to Thomas.
“Thomas, keep what is in your heart and do not lose the gentleness you have. Look to others and see their needs, and ask me and I will show you what to do.”