The Gift of Truth Telling

Amy Clemens

Read: John 18:33-38

For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. (v. 37)

During the last few years, my understanding of the prophetic voice has enlarged to include pastors, counselors, parents, and friends who speak God’s truth. Modern prophets mirror ancient ones when they tell the unvarnished truth about us and God. They speak words of correction as well as words of hope and life. Life is messy, but prophets tell of a plan to heal the gap between our messiness and God’s holiness. They tell of the advent of a Savior who bears witness to God’s unfailing heart.

I’ve often wrestled with the prophets, both the ones from Scripture and the ones God has placed right in front of me. Sometimes the plain truth about my heart is hard to hear. But like most, when I come hungry and thirsty, emptied of trying to save myself, I understand grace much better and am indebted to the one who dared to speak truth.

If you are lighting the first purple candle of the advent wreath today, remember that it symbolizes prophecy–not just a word from the past, or a word for the future, but a word from God for today. Truth from one who loves God, loves me, and cares enough about me to speak honestly is a gift indeed.

—Amy Clemens

Giver of good gifts, help us both embrace and practice truth telling. And may we welcome again the advent of the one who is the Truth.