The Savior commanded Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)  I love the verb reach in this phrase because it brings with it the feeling of stretching, of action. He didn’t tell Thomas to just touch his hand, he asked him to reach, the verb itself connoting a form of faith. I know it will probably be a while before any of us will be able to obtain a physical witness of the Savior, but I think the command to “reach” and to “be not faithless, but believing,” applies to all of us today. I know that as I reach for Him, as I strive to find and follow Him, His Spirit speaks to mine, and I obtain a witness that He lives, and perhaps in an even more powerful way than did Thomas.

8″ x 12″ oil on panel