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In the stillness of a serene pond, amidst murky waters, emerges the Lotus, a symbol of purity and enlightenment. Just as the Lotus rises above the muddiness of its surroundings, so too does our faith in a post-resurrection world.

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

John 20: 26-29

Like the Lotus, our faith often emerges from doubt, uncertainty, and the complexities of life. Doubt, like the murky waters, surrounds us, challenging our beliefs and testing our convictions. Yet, just as the Lotus blooms despite its surroundings, our faith persists, resilient and unwavering.

In the community of believers, we find solace and strength. Like the interconnected roots of the Lotus, we are bound together in fellowship, supporting one another through doubts and uncertainties. Together, we navigate the waters of life, drawing courage and inspiration from one another.

As we journey in faith, we carry with us the hope of future generations. Just as the Lotus produces seeds that will bloom in seasons to come, so too do we sow seeds of faith, nurturing the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Our faith becomes a legacy, passed down through generations, sustaining and inspiring those who follow.

In the Lotus, we find a profound metaphor for the life of faith—a journey marked by doubt, sustained by community, and anchored in hope. As we embrace the omnipresence of doubt, let us also embrace the power of community and the hope of future generations. Like the Lotus, may our faith continue to bloom, resilient and radiant, in the midst of life’s murky waters.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of the garden, in doubt, may we find strength; in community, solace; in hope, perseverance. Like the Lotus, may our faith bloom eternally. Amen.