This 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
It’s hard to believe, but next week marks the final chapter of our study of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior. It has been quite a journey and the conclusion is in fact, another beginning. Next week we will study the important topic of Doubt and how we are to understand it as Christians. You don’t want to miss it.
Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and there are other days 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.
Being a Christian means bringing all that you know of yourself to all that you know of Jesus, and that learning experience is unending.
Join us next week for the powerful conclusion of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me
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.”