Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe. — John 20:25.
When my children were growing up there came a time when each began to doubt the existence of Santa. How did we keep one from telling the other kids? We told each at the appropriate time to be quiet about their doubts. Suzy and I would say, “Don’t say a word, Rebecca believes.” And God love my children, not one of them wanted to be the one to throw cold water on Rebecca’s belief. They kept their doubts to themselves. “Rebecca believes” worked for our grandchildren as well, and has become part of the Hubbell folklore.
There is something special about someone who believes without proof. Advent is a season of hope and belief not of the cynicism that permeates our society. This Advent season especially puts each of us to the test. Are we one who believes and is full of hope, or not?
God doesn’t speak directly to me, but I’d bet if he did he would say, “Webb cast aside your doubts and hush! Rebecca believes!”