In a meeting of the Disciples just before going to Jerusalem for the final time, Thomas said to Jesus, “we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)
I truly believe that our lives are private journeys publicly shared. It is a journey of faith and reason. It is a journey of reason for it will be through reason and with the accompanying tools of reason one can find their way. It is a journey of faith because it is through faith that we know what lies at the end of the journey.
This is a journey in which I welcome others, no matter what their faith may be, because no journey should ever be undertaken alone.
Now I understand that your own personal journey is different from mine because a journey of reason allows one to see other options. And should you desire not to walk with me, I shall understand and I will wish you well and offer my help should you ever need it. I trust that you would do the same.
But today there are some who will not allow me to walk my own journey of faith, implying that they alone know the correct path and that all other paths lead nowhere.
These same groups also imply that only they have the key to knowledge and that all other paths to knowledge are false. They will seek to limit the power of reason because they fear the ability of people to independently think and reason.
Jesus never intended for Thomas, the other Disciples, or even us today to not know the way. He spent three years preparing the Disciples to understand what lay before them and what they would need to travel on their own journeys. It was a preparation of faith and reason. It was a preparation done with the understanding that each person learns differently and each person’s journey is different.
Now, I have come to this point in my own journey because of what I know and what I believe. It has not been the easiest journey, to be sure, and I have no doubt that it will get any easier. But I have chosen to walk this path and one of the things that came with choosing this path was that I would help others find their own path, just as there were those before me who helped me.
We cannot prepare for the future and we cannot travel either journey if our ability to reason is limited or there is only one path to walk. We cannot prepare for the future if we are not prepared to help others with their journeys.
Come with me as we walk this journey.