I am one of the 12 called by Jesus to follow him. I went willingly with the others from town to town observing Jesus as he healed the sick, made the lame to walk, the blind to see and the deaf to hear.
I was even there when he raised the dead! It was so exciting. It was also dangerous because there were those who wanted to do away with Jesus.
I am not as well known as Peter, James and John, but I was with Jesus! I did not walk on water, but I was in the boat when Jesus stilled the storm. I was with Jesus when he called Zacchaeus down from the tree and went to his home to eat. I was with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from the dead!
Yes, it was exciting to be with Jesus during his earthly ministry. I admit I did not always understand what he meant about the temple being torn or his going away.
By the way, I am sometimes called Jude or Judas Thaddaeus or Jude of James. I've mostly been known as just Thaddaeus.
It doesn't matter; I can proudly say, I was a faithful disciple of Jesus!
The Rev. Arnetta Beverly retired as pastor of St. Matthews UMC and then returned to ministry as the pastor at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Lexington, where she grew up.