Have you read The Shack? The book has its detractors, but oh how it captures this One Truth: we are made in the image and likeness of a God who is Three, and the Persons are in eternal relationship with each other.
An elderly friend said to me the other day, “The truth is, I just want to be left alone. Leave my Social Security check alone. Leave my V.A. benefits alone. Let me sit out on my porch and enjoy the sunset. Alone.”
He doesn’t really mean it. I’m sure he also wants to eat, and to do that we all need farmers, and harvesters, and those who drive the food to town. The magical ways that electricity, and fuel, and air conditioning, and bicycle tires keep us comfortable all require people—smart people—and millions of smart people before them.
Of course, it’s not just humans or animals or plants or planets that must have each other. In fact, the God who set the atoms and molecules of the earliest life in motion wasn’t even alone. Proverbs 8: 22-31 describes a Being who danced with God—who WAS God—at the beginning of creation (the Holy Spirit). And the first verse of John’s Gospel says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That’s Jesus.
The Trinity, together and present before anything existed, danced the universe into being. A liturgical dance of Three. And since we live and move and have our being in Christ, we too are caught in the endless dance of Love. Never alone. Never on our own. Thank God.
Which member of the Holy Trinity do you feel you understand the best?
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I have come to light a fire on the earth; how I wish it were already burning (Lk.12:49).