What does one pray when he or she discovers faith and realizes that personal failure or sin has been exposed? The apostle Thomas had scoffed a week earlier at the suggestion that his teacher, Jesus, had arisen from the dead. Thomas had said that he would believe this incredible claim only if he physically could see and touch the wounds Jesus had received. Now, face to face with Jesus, clearly alive once more, he realized he did not need to touch the wounds in order to believe. Seeing and hearing the teacher’s voice humbled him, and as if ripping off a scab, unveiled the shame of his doubt. “My Lord and my God,” he breathed, an exclamation of faith, but a prayer for forgiveness and acceptance.
Moments of darkness and failure challenge our beliefs. The unexpected shakes our worldview. Then insight shines light on the obscure. In that moment when all becomes clear, we, like Thomas, can only whisper in awe,
“My Lord and my God!”