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PANDEMIC VISION 2020: What Is Truth?

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.” Jn 18:38

I haven’t written for a while. Well – that’s not entirely true. I’ve been writing. Just not writing for FB and blogging friends. This time of isolation really has been a time of introspection and thoughtful contemplation – both personally and collectively. It is as if Yahweh has “showed up and showed off”, as Mama or Dada used to say.

I’ve re-visited some of my favorite authors (the ones that I couldn’t bare to part with when I pared my OH library down to six crammed-to-the-brim shelves) and poets. I’ve written some new stuff, but mostly, re-visited some old writings that needed some serious tooling and up-dating.

Mostly though, I’ve spent a lot of hours in the WORD – in prayer – in breathing in: YAH and breathing out: WEH. Sitting in the sun while throwing the ball for the lab girls to fight over. Walking in the woods and watching the way the early morning light filters through the trees. Moving a load of mulch to help some plants that just weren’t happy where they were as I watch small critters crawl out of my way. Wondering, What is truth?”

In the age of deep fakes, scientists stating and re-stating facts and others stating and re-stating similar facts as they see it. It is hard to know whom to believe – or what to believe. For me, it always comes back to one thing – – – the Breath of Yahweh.

The other day, someone wondered why I used the word Yeshua instead of Jesus. I have been pondering that ever since. I wanted to say because it is natural and right somewhere inside of me when I do so. That lead me down another rabbit hole. Why do I refer to God as anything other than Yahweh?

Yes, GOD is our Abba Father, He is God, but He said His name was YHWH – Yahweh. “I AM that I AM”. I like to be called by my name – even though I have been called Teacher, Wife, Mother, Sister, Brynie. I am all those things, but mostly, I am as my parents named me – Bryn. And, while I value all those other names, I love hearing my name whispered in the mouths and prayers of others.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Prov 9:10

Facts are dubious in today’s world. Scientist vs scientist. Historian vs historian. Politician vs politician. I have even heard mathematicians finding issue with each other. The chaos of their words slam my ears, and my brain is inundated with their discordant noise. Facts and knowledge are always in flux. Easily twisted towards a bias or by new revelations of observable nature.

As I have listened, read and prayed in this time of isolation, I continue to come back to the One source that has never broken a covenant with me – even though I have broken ones with Him.
The One who never ignored my copious tears. The One who held me when my parents died. The One who cried with me in the middle of my sinful choices. The One who continues to set my feet upon the rock higher than. The One who lights my darkness and gives me grace.

YAHWEH: I AM that causes.
YESHUA: I AM that saves.
YHWH RUACH: I AM that breathes.

“What is Truth?”

Pilot’s words have echoed in my head over and over the past few weeks. Pilot turned away after he asked this question. He washed his hands of it – just like many of us do in similar situations. He, too, lived in a world full of contradictions and/or opinions. Facts twisted one way and then twisted another. Each faction strongly holding their own counsel when the answer stood in front of all of them and they saw it – or heard it – not.

“For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.”– Jn 18:37

I have no answer to which side holds the wisdom of all the controversies are swirling around us right now. But – I do know for certain WHO holds that wisdom and will give it freely to all who want it. Just like Solomon, all we have to do is ask. I also know that when I choose a course of action and feel the “Peace that passeth all understanding” as I walk forward – – – I know that the the Trinity of Truth is lighting up whatever darkness I may encounter in front of me. There is only one Truth, and it set me free to listen for His voice – His breath – His cause.

As all these cliff edges threaten to give way under our collective feet, I can’t think of a better time for a National Day of Prayer to happen. Tomorrow will be a time of fasting and prayer for me as I strain to listen to His whisper and seek His face in this stormy time of life. Our country has found its knees in time of crisis before; I think we need to find them again.

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send a plague among My people, and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:12b-14 

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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #84

Good days. Bad days. Spectacular days. Suffering days. Not always fun. Not always miserable. Successive strings of days where Terra turned beneath the feet. Days and Nights. A world full of lives lived.
I make it a point never to read ahead in this little Rations booklet. Everyday, I want to be blessed by the treasure that is recorded on each page. Yesterday, the Ration talked about Truth, and it’s importance in our lives, our countries and our world. It is of little wonder that today’s Ration speaks of Love. Love and truth always seem to go hand-in-hand. They give us a vision of where we should strive to be in this chaotic life.
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .”~Prov 29:18 (KJV)
I love picking up the Grands from their schools.I rarely ask them how their day went – instead – I might ask, “What was a question you asked today?” One time, my Grandson answered, “I asked to go to the bathroom and it was a good question because I really had to go.” My Granddaughter on the other hand, asked me why she should ask questions. teachers ask questions. I laughed. Yet – those answers led us to discussions that gave me a deeper insight into their thoughts and lives at school.
I love asking questions in my life, so I guess the Grands pegged me on that one. However, curiosity doesn’t always kill that cat. Sometimes it leads to long discussions. Other times it leads to deeper thoughts on both sides. And sometimes, it leads to dreams and visions of what potential life holds in store for us in our pursuit of truth and love. Our good days. Our bad days. Our questioning days. Our days of wondering. Our days when we ‘love one another…’
1942 Daily Rations: Read: 1 John 4:7-21
” ‘Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. . .God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. . .There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.’
” ‘Perfect love casteth out fear!’ Would we not have said, ‘Courage casts out fear’?
“Neither the Old nor the New Testament treats courage as a self-supporting virtue; they both treat it as a quality derived from something deeper. To try to generate courage just within oneself by goading oneself to meet danger is not the method offered in the Bible. The Old Testament shows how fear is overcome by reaching outward to God in trust. The New Testament carries us still farther, and couples with this trust a fear dispelling love that draws us out toward both God and man.
“We can feel sure, for example, that no fear was left in the spirit of that American, suffering with the Chinese in Peiping, who led himself to this: ‘I will not allow myself to hate. I will not allow myself to become callous. I will not blame God for what is happening. I will not abandon my vision of the Kingdom of God.’
“Prayer:O love that casts out fear,
O love that casts out sin,
tarry no more without,
but come and dwell within.”~Horatius Bonar c. 1800’s

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #64

Planned out my day. Knew exactly what needed to get done and how I was going to accomplish it. After all – Hurricane Matthew had passed us by without any real impact (even the 4+ inches of rain has drained away), the sun was out, and the fall temperatures were perfect. I was ready.
BUT – – –
The hubby had also planned out his day. The tractor was running and digging into one of my gardens by the time I got my gloves and shovel out the door. It was not the day I planned, and if I didn’t change my plans pretty quickly, chances are that some of my plants might not live to see the spring of 2017. Hmmm….I had a feeling there was a lesson coming.
Sure enough – the second class came shortly after I sat in my comfy chair. I planned out how I would finish up devotions, read the WORD, and get into the hot tub to loosen up those complaining muscles that some how developed during the first class in today’s schooling. It was not long in coming.
Our neighborhood is filled with some 8 year old girls. Said girls have made friends with 8 year old Grand. In walks the neighboring kidlet and plans changed again. Dogs rolled on the floor with her. We talked about her day at school. She picked out her pumpkin from our small garden and began mixing paints. Her purplish, glitter painted pumpkin now sits in the corner of the living room waiting for her to come back tomorrow to add a painted face or pick things out of the “teacher box” to glue one on it.
By this time, I was getting a real hint that there would be a 3rd class. Sure enough, I FINALLY get my devotion opened up and there it sat. “Teach us the number of our days that we may enter the heart of wisdom.”~Ps 90:12 On the surface – I did that. I numbered the hours, set forth a plan for those hours and stepped forth. BUT – there is always more.
In the Hebrew – it says ‘Teach us to Manah our days.’ This word is used also in the book of Jonah where God says, God manahs a fish, a worm, and a wind (Jonah 4). In the original language it means to appoint or prepare. If Jonah had prepared his heart through prayer to accept the new plans that God had laid out before him on each of his days would things have gone differently for him? Would this angry Jonah have turned over his disagreement with God about Ninevah and its people? Would he have understood THEN that grace and forgiveness are such a gift to our day?
In this election year, maybe we need to appoint our days in prayer and remember our efforts as Christians do have a purpose given to our days: Truth and Salt. School done. Class 4 complete.
1942 Daily Rations: Read: St. Luke 14:28-35
“Salt is good; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.’~St. Luke 14:34,35
“A vital Christian Church should have the answer- – -but it must be vital: A Church that stand for worth and rights of the individual, and which creates a real fellowship because of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man; a Church which preaches good news far and wide, and lives it without discrimination against class or race; a Church which has a divinely revealed plan for the whole world and medicine for its sickness, and food for its hunger; above all a Church that so loves truth- – -truth about every area of man’s life- – – that she will take home the unpleasant truth to herself, repent of what is evil and give up practices and positions condemned by truth.
“Salt is good; but…!‘ Jesus was a realist. He demanded the real tang of salt, not the washed-out, tasteless leavings. What a challenge this is to the Church today!
“Prayer: We beseech thee, gracious Lord God, to remember thy servants in all country places who labor to cultivate and make fertile the land. Give them in all times a patient and reverent devotion to their high calling. Strengthen them with hope to meet all the hazards, trials and prostrations of war and weather. Bless their labors with fruitfulness. Refresh their toil with thy goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #63

In our world – and I suppose – in any world, truth is not an easy topic. Each individual is uniquely created. Consequently, everyone seems to want their “truth” to be “the” truth, and heaven help the person who disagrees with “the” truth each person holds.

That’s the problem. Truth changes from person to person, society to society, world to world.When there is no accepted code of “truth”, truth is malleable because man’s logic and wisdom is malleable.

Today’s Ration quoted Coventry Patmore who is a 19th century English poet. His poems reflect his society and the truths he saw within that world. Yet, I think the author of today’s Ration should have added the last 4 lines of that poem instead. It is in those lines that he bring home the main thrust of his thought. It doesn’t matter what he calls truth – what the world calls “truth” – there is but one truth that will prevail over every truth – whether people care – or not.

“Magna Est Veritas” [Truth is Great]
Here, in this little Bay,
Full of tumultuous life and great repose,
Where, twice a day,
The purposeless, glad ocean comes and goes,
Under high cliffs, and far from the huge town,
I sit me down.
For want of me the world’s course will not fail:
When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
The truth is great, and shall prevail,
When none cares whether it prevail or not.

“Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Way and The Truth and The Life; no man comes to my Father but by me alone.”~Jn 14:6

1942 Daily Ration: “The truth is great, and shall prevail.”~Coventry Patmore

“Jesus talked on the most profound themes in life. Ponder the topics of his message: God, duty, pain the future life. These are themes that tax philosophers. Yet Jesus handles thee subjects with such a masterly touch and expresses himself in such simple and living phrases that we understand him.

“Every nerve and fiber of his being was sensitive to God’s truth. The unfolding of God’s plan for him brought constant excitement and challenge. All that he had thought, dreamed, loved, flamed forth as he came into his ministry. Little wonder, then that when John the Baptist looked into his face as Jesus dedicated his life to the Kingdom movement, he drew back in humility. In Jesus he saw life have its highest fulfillment. When we learn of Him, our minds find stimulus and new meaning in every daily task.

” ‘Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’~John 8:32

“Read: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16

“Prayer: O God of truth, we are searchers for the best in life. We quest for truth. We know that our deeds are but sequences to our thoughts. Give us clear perception, flashes of inspiration, and keep open all the channels of our lives for the reception of that which is true and pure and good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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SUPERMAN

“One step forward…two steps back.”

Adages are common in every language. Kernels of truth and common sense wrapped in short, sweet bites that hopefully make it easier to swallow than the longer, more complicated, and/or/sometimes/maybe/painful explanations. It has been an “adage” type of day as I listen to the news and watch the world swirling around me.

“Apply your heart ot instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” Prov 23:12

Swallowing “truth” is not always easy. In fact, if it doesn’t agree with the way we want it to be, we practically have to ram it down our throats with tons of sugary drinks as we try to make it more palatable. And sometimes – we’d rather starve than even pick up our fork. Who do we believe? Which side of the aisle will we sit on? The questions make my head spin, and I wonder if it has always been this way or whether it is just the times we live in right now?

“Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” Prov 23:23

When I was a child things seemed so logical. After all, I had all the Superman comic books. In the 50’s, most moms were not working yet. Mine was. In the summer, I spent many lunches alone where I sat on a stack of comics piled high on my chair- primarily – Superman (my favorite – btw). Comic books became my companions as I ate whatever mom hurried home to fix before she returned to driving the local dry cleaning truck for the rest of the afternoon. “The never ending battle for TRUTH, justice, and the American way.” engrained itself into my life without any effort on my part whatsoever.

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled, with rare and beautiful treasures.” Prov 24:3-4

We spend our lives trying to figure out how to live…what to wear…what to do…who to believe…what path to walk…what adages to follow…who to trust… And because we live in a world such as this, we sometimes only get one step forward before we are forced into two steps back. That is when I cling to the only truth I know exists for sure in this crazy world. A truth that I learned in Bible school during long summers of books and heroes. Better than Superman and better than any adage. A sweet promise that I found easy to swallow…even when it seems at odds with everything our society says is the “bitter truth”. I cling to these words and pray for knowledge, wisdom and discernment for the coming days in a world that seems turned upside down.

“”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn 14:6

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