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A Thomas Call

Written by Justin Hancock
A Thomas Call

After Easter, a video blog:

A response from AMW Spiritual Director Wendy Miller:

"Thank you, Justin, for your reflections on the wounds of Christ, and the invitation of the risen Jesus to Thomas to come close with his disbelief and distancing, and to place his hands in Jesus' wounds. I sense it was one of those times when Jesus knew Thomas' needs -- deepest soul needs -- more than Thomas did. And Jesus also knew that for Thomas to come close and to touch suffering in Jesus, could be transformative for Thomas; and it was.

"I appreciate how you call us, the church, to admit and touch our own suffering-- and to stay present to the suffering of others. This is one area that I find -- as I teach and mentor persons learning spiritual direction -- that as persons listen to another's life and story, they find it hard to stay fully present to suffering and vulnerability. Various kinds of avoidance and distancing happen instead, and the persons sharing the suffering in their life knows innately that they are now alone, and unheard.  

"In our western culture we are continually deluged with ways to numb, anesthetize, ignore, be relieved of any suffering of any kind. And this creeps into how we are present.  Today is Good Friday, a day when we remember the long day of suffering for Jesus -- and for those who stay in vigil to watch, and for those who run away (at least for now)."

Justin Hancock

Justin Hancock

Cochran House Steward

Rev. Justin Hancock is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters in Christian Ministries and an ordained Deacon appointed to the Northwest Texas Conference. Justin and his wife, Lisa, are on a journey to discover where God can be found in every type of community. They are volunteers at New Day Amani, a micro-church that primarily serves African refugees in Dallas.  They are also residents of the Epworth Project's Cochran House, an intentional community to do ministry in a neighborhood in the middle of central Dallas. Justin and Lisa feel that this process of discovering God on the margins is leading toward eventually starting their own community for individuals and families with disabilities beyond his own circumstance of dealing with Cerebral Palsy (CP). He likes to say that he comes with a firm conviction that God’s answer is always "yes" even when society or other forces do what they can to tell us "no."   His greatest example of a life of monastic self-sacrifice is his fierce loyalty and long-suffering support of his beloved Chicago Cubs

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