Beve loves to collect quotes. He has files of them. Me? Not so much. However, lately I've been running straight into a wall of quotes and prayers about truth. So much so, even one dull of eye and slow to catch on couldn't help seeing a pattern. God always has a purpose in such things. I understand some of what He purpose is, though not the length and breadth of it. But here are the head-smashing quotes I've run into just in the last couple of days. Maybe one of them will speak to you.
Some found prayers (and quotes) about truth:
From Common Prayer: a Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Steep us in Your story, Lord:
that we might live in its truth today.
"To speak a true word is to transform the world." (Paulo Freiro)
More often than not, Lord, we are afraid of truth. It threatens the identities we have created for ourselves and the ways we are comfortable perceiving others. Give us ears to hear Your truth as blessing and Your truth as gift. Amen.
From Seize the Day--With Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a devotional of his writings)
"We may not play with the truth, or else it will destroy us."
"...in seeking truth, it is not so much a matter of us finding the truth, but rather of it finding us. And when it does, we cannot but surrender to it. It is in this surrender that we establish the foundation for a life of integrity. It is in refusing to positively respond to the claims that truth makes on our lives that we discover that truth turns from being a friend to being an foe who condemns us."
"To believe in something and not live it, is to be dishonest."-- Mahatma Gandhi
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."-- Thomas Jefferson
Nothing is this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery."-- Fyodor Dostoyevesky
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have."-- Abraham Lincoln
"If it's not right do not do it; if it's not true do not say it."-- Marcus Aurelius
"I Am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one gets to the Father, except through me."--Jesus Christ