Blessed are the truth tellers

The last ten days have been an exquisite and excruciating blend of challenge and grace. I am deeply grateful for more than I can say. But for now, I want to simply say

Blessed are the truth tellers…

I’m not sure of the second half of that beatitude. In the midst of significant distress I found myself among a handful of people who were willing to come along side me.

They were willing to hold my hand and yet not try to make me feel better by offering false encouragement.

They were willing to say yes, you could have handled this one situation better. Now how can we support you in making the next step.

They were willing to say yes, you need to take time, but sooner or later you will need to speak.

They were willing to say, I know this is not what you want to hear, but this is what I see.

In each instance, there was deep compassion, deep concern, and a willingness to stand in the discomfort of truth, all the while standing right beside me.

This is not truth telling borne of anger or bitterness or resentment. The kind that is flung at you like a slap in the face. This is a truth telling borne of deep love.

Blessed are the truth tellers…

To tell the truth in love and compassion is a rare quality, but it truly is the greatest gift.

2 thoughts on “Blessed are the truth tellers

  1. How wonderful that God has brought this circle of honest and compassionate and loving people into your life! I have a hunch, though, that you have these friends because you are such a friend. It takes a great deal of love and courage to be such a truth teller. Prayers that all goes well as you walk through the rest of this situation. Blessings.

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