Pastor’s Pondering – May 25, 2016

THE TRINITY

We just celebrated Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost) in worship.

And that wasn’t just a celebration of Trinity Presbyterian Church (an ongoing celebration.)

We recalled the long-revered doctrine of the Reformed Faith.

The God who encounters us has chosen to do so in three ways…as three persons…

We have named those persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

We have “nicknamed” them by their functions as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,

And we have devised all sorts of “object lessons” to teach our children what the Trinity means.

The deep-thinking, prolific writer on matters theological, Frederick Buechner,

offers the following suggestion in his book Wishful Thinking:

 

THE MUCH-MALIGNED doctrine of the Trinity is an assertion that,

     appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, there is only one God.

         Father, Son, and Holy Spirit mean that the mystery beyond us,

              the mystery among us,

                   and the mystery within us are all the same mystery…

If the idea of God as both Three and One seems far-fetched and obfuscating,

     look in the mirror someday.

         There is (a) the interior life known only to yourself and

               those you choose to communicate it to (the Father).

         There is (b) the visible face which in some measure reflects that inner life (the Son).

         And there is (c) the invisible power you have

              in order to communicate that interior life in such a way that

                   others do not merely know about it, but know it

                         in the sense of its becoming part of who they are (the Holy Spirit).

Yet what you are looking at in the mirror is clearly and indivisibly the one and only You.

     

How well do we allow the three persons of the Trinity to live and move through our minds,

and work through our lives to show those around us God’s three faces?

How well does Trinity Presbyterian Church demonstrate God’s “works”

as we share in God’s ongoing Creation, Redemption, and Sustenance of God’s world?

How well can we attach what we do as mission and ministry in God’s name

to the particular “names” of God which inspire and empower our work?

How well can our mission and ministry resemble, reflect and magnify

the person and word and work of the God we worship – Three-in-One?

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall” do we and others see our God at all?

Just pondering…

Peace…The Peace of Christ…The Peace of Pentecost…The Peace of Trinity…

Lynn

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