Testimonial Oath: Do you solemnly (swear/affirm) that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, (so help you God?)
We recognize the oath above as a requirement of our judiciary system before giving testimony. There are no “ifs, ands or buts” about it, just plain and simple. The truth is a big deal regardless of whether or not you’re in a courtroom. Thankfully we’re not expected to take an oath on a daily basis regarding our business or personal practices; nevertheless, there’s the underlying expectation that people we encounter will tell the truth. Unfortunately, if truth reveals
something shameful or disturbing about us, it’s kept hidden away in our hearts under lock and key. How we handle our individual truth determines the moral compass of our family, community, country and planet we live on. Hiding our truth can manifest destructive behaviors and tendencies within us resulting in unrecognizable changes in our personalities and appearances. Peggy DeLancy’s article in Wednesday’s The Bay City Tribune about Palacios author Marisol Figirova’s journey to the dark side, is a testament to the saying, “The Truth Shall Set You Free” (As Always I Smiled, Tate Publishing). Marisol is a hero in my book because of her willingness to write so candidly about her life in the hopes it might reach others in similar circumstances. Her strength and courage are not found in the sordid details of her past but in the compilation of the woman of faith she is today.
As a community we are so blessed to have The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton counties available in Bay City. They serve victims of family/domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to name a few. The center’s annual chicken fried steak dinner fundraiser this year will be held on Friday, January 29th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City. Each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of those individuals by supporting this noble center. If you have supported the Crisis Center in the past by purchasing meals through the drive-thru, I suggest parking and coming in this year for the silent auction and a chance to win prizes that include the name “Yeti” (yep, I thought that would get your attention.) See you on the 29th.
Originally Published in The Bay City Tribune on January 17, 2016