No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth. Martha Beck
Meditation: In the Christian tradition “truth” is a deeply relational term. It does not just mean “saying and believing correct facts”. But it means being in relationship in an authentic, vulnerable and trusting way. As we live truth within authentic and trusting relationships, we reach a freedom that we would otherwise not have found. In the New Testament this truth and freedom is initially found in discipleship, which means in relationship with Jesus and all that he stood for. Today, the term “truth” still applies to discipleship. However, we can find one expression of our discipleship also in the liberating power of truth in our family and friend relationships. When we live together in love and authentic relating, and even when we go through conflict at times and through difficult and painful moments as couples, family members and friends, the truthful exploration of the conflict: why it happened, what caused it and what different people experienced, in the end feels healing. Working with families in therapy and living in family relationships myself, nothing sounds and feels as good to our soul as exploring and exchanging the truth as we experienced it. When we come out on the other side (after explored conflict and misunderstandings), the found truth, no matter how painful it initially might feel, will set us free to start again. We can try again, do better next time, ask for forgiveness, forgive each other and move on… Even today, the example of Jesus relating in authentic and truthful ways is still healing and powerful.
Prayer: God, when we fail each other, let us admit so. And if we admit the truth, the truth will set us free. There is no shame in love. There is not bondage in truth. Help us practice loving and truthful relationships every day. Help us be authentic and honest through our experiences of conflict, difference and misunderstanding. Help us make space for a truth that is relational and that embraces sometimes opposite and different perspectives in love. We thank you for the relational model of truth that Jesus has taught us. Amen