What’s the Truth?
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What’s the Truth?
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Have you ever played a game called Gossip? It’s fun. Let’s try it. (This game can be played with the children, depending on their ages, or with the first few rows of the congregation. If you decide to use the congregation, let the children in on the secret story by whispering it to them before the game of Gossip begins.)
(The story could go something like this, but change the story to suit your unique application. Keep it fairly short, but full of details.)
“Mrs. Smith walked to church with her husband and six children. Along the way she stopped at a flower shop and bought a bouquet of roses for the altar. She sang a solo in church that morning and it was awful. Her children covered their ears. After church service was over she told them that since they didn’t hear the song she sang in church, she would sing to them all the way home.” (Whisper this story into the ear of the first participant and then have that person whisper the story to the next person and so on until the story is told to the last person in the group. Ask the last person who hears the story to repeat the story out loud. Now read the original story and hear how it has changed.)
Children, this is a game about truth. We try to be truthful at all times and that is the very best way to live your life. We honor God by being truthful. Notice, however, in this game we played, how the story changed. Even though everyone tried to be truthful they changed the story just a little bit when they told it to the next person. By the time the story got to the last person it was a different story.
Jesus tells us in the Bible that,“…I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth”(18:37). Testify is a word that means you are telling the absolute truth, as you would if you were in a courtroom and had taken an oath.
Jesus also says,“Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (18:37). He tells us that there will be no changing of God’s story. God’s love for all of us is absolutely true
and we can count on that!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan