When Thomas Heard the Easter News
Words: F. Richard Garland, 2013
Music: tune, BROTHER JAMES' AIR, by James Leith Macbeth Bain, 1915
Scripture Reference: John 20:19-31
Topical Reference: Easter; resurrection; doubt; belief; affirmation
Author F. Richard Garland writes of this hymn, "'When Thomas Heard the Easter News'" is based on John 20:19-31, a Lectionary text for the Sunday following Easter. It traces the story of Thomas' movement from initial doubt to belief and affirmation of faith. It recognizes that we have received a gift from Thomas' experience and offers an invitation to trust that God can use the darkest day and hears us when we struggle to see the Gift of Love in some of our experiences."