By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

My circle is composed of "real" individuals dealing deliberately and honestly with "real life" realities.
The circle reads much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears:
Some of the issues sound bigger than others and more complicated.
Some of the issues sound smaller than others and less complicated.
Many of the issues fall right in the middle and are readily and more easily identified.
But here's the deal with issues, my friend;
issues are NOT individuals ... they are inside of individuals.
And if there can be honesty amongst the circle gatherers, issues can be tackled, dealt with, shared, and worked through concretely and in a God glorifying manner.
And this is how the world will know we love God.
We are a broken group of circle gatherers inviting Jesus into our midst.
Hmmm ...
Whenever and wherever permission is given to be truthful about real life issues, circles of honesty and grace have an opportunity to grow and advance the Kingdom of God.
 As the circle grows bigger, the truth and grace of God grows increasingly greater, and everyone finds freedom and healing within the circle.
And the world waits to be invited in and experience healing together "with" us.
Admission into the circle requires honesty and confession and nothing more.
Issues have permission to reveal and display themselves in any and every arena and no one is rejected or refused because of an issue too big or an issue too small.
No one is pushed out of the circle for telling the truth;
indeed, empowerment emerges "from" it.
 Drugs, alcohol, anorexia, bulimia, smoking, pornography, lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, gossip, backbiting, hating, homosexuality, gambling, manipulation, control, coveting, murder, pedophilia, jealousy, envy, bitterness, unforgiveness, and all forms of "ugly" are welcome.
Come as you are.
Be truthful with who you are.
Love others as they are.
Experience healing.
It's a hard, beautiful, painful, necessary process that gets results.
To God be praise ... for the big words we call redemption and sanctification, which bring life, hope, and healing into our everyday lives and make all things possible.
The beating of Christ's "blood pulse" through the circle is where the power is!
My circle gathering continues to expand ... and so does healing within its members.
The pleasure and delight of God seems absolutely palpable in this group and I see Jesus in the midst, and wonder why it took me so long to join the circle.
Hmmm ...
I'm thankful I made it.
For broken circles,
growing circles,
and in the middle, JESUS,
I give thanks.