Nibbling at the Soul

imageThis World is not conclusion.
A Species stands beyond—
Invisible, as Music—
But positive, as Sound—
It beckons, and it baffles—
Philosophy, dont know—
And through a Riddle, at the last—
Sagacity, must go—
To guess it, puzzles scholars—
To gain it, Men have borne
Contempt of Generations
And Crucifixion, shown—
Faith slips—and laughs, and rallies—
Blushes, if any see—
Plucks at a twig of Evidence—
And asks a Vane, the way—
Much Gesture, from the Pulpit—
Strong Hallelujahs roll—
Narcotics cannot still the Tooth
That nibbles at the soul—

Emily Dickinson, Poem 373

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and if you were alive in 1963 you remember the assignation of President John F Kennedy.  I was only a small child but I clearly remember.  There are other days in our lives we remember just as vividly because of the extraordinary impression they made on our souls.  That is a strong part of what makes us human.  Our memories are sensory.

All of this helps us understand why faith is so hard. Our deepest learning is experiential and we, like doubting Thomas, refuse to believe what we do not see.  We know in our hearts this is wrong because we never doubt the reality of heat or cold.  Neither can be seen but they are each deeply understood.  The Bible says faith is “the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not see” (Hebrews 11:1) and that’s powerful truth.

Bring your doubts to Jesus, along with your heart.


John 20:24-29

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”



2 thoughts on “Nibbling at the Soul

  1. I was six when JFK was killed – I remember adults crying and screaming, and I remember where I was. I remember 9-11 – I was in bed recovering from knee surgery and thinking, “This is hell on earth.” I also remember whispering to my Mother as she lay dying, telling her she was the best mother ever. and recounting all the wonderful things she did for me. I remember my DIL telling me I was going to be a grandmother. I remember my first, and second, grandchild being born. There are horrible things in the world. There are wonderful things in the world. Let us cling to those wonderful things, fight against the awful things, and keep God in our hearts, always.

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