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40 Days of Prayer – Day 7: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Knows The Truth

Our Quaker forebears always spoke of their faith as “The Truth,” with a capital T. Their spiritual work wasn’t called evangelism or pastoral ministry or other terms we use today, but the “service of Truth.”

Early Quakers were fully confident that Jesus was speaking to them personally when he told his disciples “the Spirit of truth will guide you to the whole truth” (John 16:13) and “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). In other words, truth is more than simply knowing about Jesus, it is a way, a path, a relationship bringing us into harmony with Reality—and freedom is the fruit of that. Truth then becomes more a verb than a noun, more a process than a dogma, more a relationship than an idea. When our Quaker forebears spoke of being in the “service of Truth” they understood truth not as a matter of intellectual knowledge, but as a relationship to the Spirit of a person: Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life.

In our postmodern culture, truth is a story. And not surprisingly, for the Gospel—which we call Gospel Truth—is a story, a narrative. The Gospel is the story of God becoming a human being, love enfleshed, and how we become part of God’s story. The Spirit of Truth opens the eyes of our heart so we can see in a new way and enfolds us in God’s embrace. Truth then is an unfolding process of the meaning of the Gospel taking root in our own life, through our participation in the Spirit of Truth, guiding us deeper and deeper into the divine mystery.

Carole Spencer

Query for Reflection

What does it mean that Jesus is the Truth? How has my relationship with Christ brought freedom to my life?

Action Step

Develop the art of storytelling (giving testimony) in your meeting. As you share your story of the power of God
in your own life, you invite others to enter into the Truth as you have experienced it.

Prayer Focus

May Friends be open to the guidance of the Spirit to authentically engage in the service of Truth by sharing with others the power of God in their own lives so that Gospel Truth may be conveyed to a new generation.

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  • kelly kellum

    Thank you Carole for your thoughtful remarks about Truth–with a capital T. I appreciate your statement that Spirit of Truth opens our eye so that we can see in new ways. This certainly is my prayer these 40 days. Blessings

  • Colin Saxton

    Today’s devotional reminds me that the way of Truth is sometimes…maybe even often…vastly different than conventional wisdom, the norms of popular culture or the common consensus defined apart from God. Freedom to live in to that Truth requires, at least in my experience, both the animating power of the Spirit and the encouragement of kindred souls. As many have noted throughout history…it is hard to be a lone odd-ball. It is exhausting, discouraging and, eventually, unhealthy and unsustainable. We need other odd-balls around us…similarly committed to living up to and into the Truth…to remain healthy, vibrant and moving forward in hope. I am glad for all of the odd-ball Quakers who keep me encouraged and closer to the right path than I would be on my own!