I don’t need to see the scars for my doubts, Lord,

as much as I do for my discipline.

 I get so lax and lazy.

Even then, You reach to me.

I see the hands – I see the scars, I cry out with

Thomas of old, “My Lord and My God!”

And with renewed zeal, I say, “Master, what would You have me do?”


During the days immediately following the resurrection, Jesus appeared to some of the disciples.  Thomas was not with them; he said he would not believe unless he saw the scars (nail marks).  Later he came again when Thomas was with them.  Thomas immediately knew it was Jesus.  This poem relates to that incident as recorded in John 20:24-29.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. calensariel says:

    How true is that for so many of us… Some have a gift of faith (as scripture SAYS it’s a gift). It doesn’t come that easily for others of us. That’s me. 😦

    “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,.. (1 Cor. 12:8-9)

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the response, Calen. If we had eyes to see how much he loves us, we surely would be motivated to give something in return. Just love through us.

    • dawnlizjones says:

      This is a really great reply. I would add that He also says “as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3), and I am accountable for the exercise of that faith so that it will grow and mature. I’ve recently been assaulted with specific doubts, which when brought to Him in raw honesty, I find that He uses it to draw me closer to Him, the exact opposite of what the enemy had planned. I am thankful that God does not fall off His throne because of my questions.

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    Did you compose this? Great theme. His scars for my discipline.

  3. Faye says:

    His scars indeed our reminder to live our lives worthy of what was done on our behalf. Thank you.

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