“My Lord and my God” was the soul stirring prayer that burst out of the mouth of the believing, confessing and worshiping Apostle Thomas(Didimus). Till then he was the doubting, questioning and disbelieving Thomas. So “My Lord and my God” may be called the Thomist prayer.
Most of us including myself belong to the doubting, questioning and disbelieving category since our minds are shrouded in ignorance. Light dispels darkness, so does God’s grace our ignorance. In life’s journey if we are led by our own light which can’t enable us to see beyond our nose, we shall encounter road blocks all the time.
The remedy is the cry from the heart of Thomas:“My Lord and my God” to replace our flickering fire-worm-light with the head light, nay, flood light called God’s grace to show the way all the way ahead. It is equivalent to handing over the rudder of our feather boat, steering wheel of our little Nano car or scooter to the Lord and go to sleep in peace.
With Him at the wheel no head-on-collision is imaginable. If one happens, in an unthinkable instance, He knows how to draw good out of evil, yes to write straight with crooked lines that we are.
Life’s journey from Womb to Tomb is a very long haul to take in at one bite. Dawn to dusk, instead, is a daily repeat of that long journey compressed in 12 hours. The Thomist prayer above with the refrain “My Lord and my God” repeated at every step, is to empower the powerless, not the powerful and overconfident, to take the first sure step called “Today” in the long string of steps that make up our life’s journey. In this light alone can a prayer like: STREER ME STRAIGHT TODAY O LORD and the call: Paddle your Canoe daily with Jesus at the Helm! ( posted earlier) make better sense.