Friday, August 5, 2011

St. Thomas aka Didymus - No Doubt!

While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I found this reproduction of an old statue of St. Thomas and bought it hoping to use it in an assemblage project. The last week or so, I've found several other things that inspired me to put this piece together.

I also read up on the account mentioned that Thomas was a twin evidently... Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin. But I couldn't find anything written in scripture about Thomas' twin.

I love how, at times, things are found that just fit together like they were meant to be! I found an old box that fit the statue, then I found the hand, which I carved more details into, added a scar, and stained it gray and wiped it with a wood stain as well. I have many old bibles that I used the pages of to line the inside of the box with mod podge, added a mirror because I wanted to play on the "didymus" mentioned in scripture, which means twin. Found the stoneware chalice, and old railroad nails, and rummaged through my stash of treasures for a base and a finial for the top, as well as other embellishments, including a wooden heart that I sanded down to a different shape, painted and stained... and VOILA!! It is finished.

This assemblage is based on the following scripture from John 20:19-30;

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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