Concluding Thoughts

We would like to thank you all for joining us on this journey during the Lenten season. As we conclude this thematic channel and Lenten season, we hope that you were blessed by all those who have contributed and shared their lives. We would especially like to thank you all who shared their stories, raw at times, for always pushing the envelope further in understanding God’s great grace. 

There is a saying that goes, “whatever is most personal is the most general”. Such unique stories that were shared during this time help us connect one another with our most trying of times, and to the greatest as well. Such stories provide a wealth of avenues for us to understand the faith and connect others to each other’s stories. This gives a fuller expression of the Christian faith as God works and speaks in the midst of our lives and in the community.

But we also know that these posts are NOT the final/ultimate expression of one’s faith or the entire faith as well. And there are those who still question and wrestle with the faith—even when we come to believe. This does not exclude pastors as well.

 

Just as the two men walking down the road in Emmaus, in utter disbelief and disillusionment of everything that had happened, we can find ourselves in such situations. “If the resurrection is true and Christ is risen, then why is life still seemingly the same?” one may ask. Others may be in complete disillusionment of the Easter narrative as it questions everything we believe. 

We would like to offer a few words as we wrap up this channel.

We can’t deny that doubt is an essential part of faith journey. Faith can be expressed in a deep questioning. And at times, it means a deep struggle. But it is not the ultimate method (a la Socratic method) that leads one to believe; doubt does not do much but only to deconstruct. However on the other hand, one must not despair such deconstruction and doubt.

It is during these times that Christ comes to us and at times, forcibly pulls our hand to touch his wounds. He pushes our curiosity and doubt to its limits before we come out exclaiming as Doubting Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!”. Christ is not put off by our doubt and fear.

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Caravaggio

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Caravaggio

We ask for those who do not believe to “step into” the faith.

And for those who struggle with doubt and belief even in this journey, we pray that you continue pushing the limits of curiosity and doubt in trying times. We pray that you may be able to have a good community who continually uplifts you in prayer and support. We pray that Christ ultimately reveals himself to you in your times of need.

Just as the two disciples walking down Emmaus, who once walked full of doubt, disillusionment and disbelief, may we come out asking the same question as they did: “Were our hearts not burning within us?”