George Washington and the Cherry TreeJesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6


When I was a child, my father worked at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Every spring we made a pilgrimage to see the beautiful cherry trees, a gift from China to the United States in 1912. My mother told my sister and me the story of George Washington getting caught after chopping down his mother’s cherry tree with his brand new little hachet. Although the story may be only a myth, little George supposedly said to his father, “I can’t tell a lie, Pa; you know I can’t tell a lie.” Washington grew up to become the first president of the United States. He has always been remembered for being a truth-teller.


According to the organization’s website, “The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career. Each Prize carries a $10,000 stipend.” Prize categories include the Courage, Book, and Documentary Film Prizes, as well as a special Prize for Truth Telling “presented to a citizen, corporate or government whistleblower, investigative journalist, or organization for bringing a specific issue of social importance to the public’s attention.” In today’s contentious cultural and political climate, with unfounded accusations of “fake news” and the press being unjustly called “the enemy of the people,” it is refreshing and encouraging to know that the Ridenhour group gives important recognition for outstanding defenders of the real truth.


The word “truth” appears over two hundred times in most Bible translations. Isaiah refers to “the God of truth” (Isaiah 65:16); Malachi 2:6 speaks of “the truth that was in (Christ’s) mouth;” and Proverbs 3:3 warns, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you…write them upon the table of your heart.” The Gospel of John uses the word “truth” twenty-three times, beginning Chapter One by saying that Christ “came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The prize we receive for believing in Christ is a truth that cannot be contested.


Lord of All Truth, challenge us to live in truth and justice, as You would do. Amen


Both candid and humorous, insightful and ponderous, Meg Blaine Corrigan’s memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, takes the reader through her chaotic childhood with an alcoholic mother and enabling father to a violent assault that nearly ended her life. She populates her tale with vivid descriptions of her parents, other influential adults, the attacker, and her disastrous first marriage. But this story has a happy ending, when Meg finds solace in a God she didn’t think she’d ever believe in, when He gently helps her heal from her past lives and move into the best times of her life. Meg has also written a novel, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, about said first marriage, as well as a Christian devotional, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, comprised of blogs from this site. Stay tuned for sequels to her last two books! All of her works may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .

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