Truth & Trust

Rappler editor Maria Ressa reacts on hearing that she has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Rappler via AP)

Yesterday it was announced that Maria Ressa has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize – the first person from the Philippines to receive it.

She was awarded the Prize jointly with Russian Dmitry Muratov for ‘their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.’

Ressa has courageously criticised her country’s ‘controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign’ and has documented ‘how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse’.

In a television interviewed last night she said: ‘…a world without facts means a world without truth and trust.’

….Musing on the importance of truth and trust in my world…

Yesterday we went for a walk by Foremark Reservoir. There were footpaths with several marked out walks. We decided to go on the ‘Badger Walk’ – following purple arrows and badger pictures through undulating woodland footpaths. It was very pleasant.

After about half an hour the badger pictures and purple arrow seemed to end. We had to find our way back without their help.

…Sometimes my quest for truth and trust seems like a straightforward marked out path, but then the purple arrows disappear.

Foremark Reservoir was built in the early 1970’s to support the water demand of Leicester and the East Midlands. It’s a scenic 230-acre nature reserve, but essentially it’s there to provide water.

…Musing on Jesus’ words:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

Jesus comes to be a reservoir of truth and trust for those who would follow him…

As a Jesus-follower, a Jesus-apprentice I’m able to draw from his massive reservoir; I then seek to become a tiny but significant reservoir of truth and trust for those around me.

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