A Loving Partnership

Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday – one week after Pentecost in which the Church celebrates God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are many homely ways that have been used to describe the Trinity: ice, water, steam – St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to teach about the Trinity – and I’m sure you can name others. The Church Fathers in the second and third centuries struggled mightily with the nature of God and finally, at the Council of Nicaea in the early fourth century came to the conclusion that God did indeed manifest Himself in three persons. Many of you have read the best-selling novel, The Shack. This presents the Trinity in a fresh light – and as a warm, winsome, loving partnership. I think that this is just another part of God’s genius – He wants us to behave just as warmly, winsomely, and lovingly as God does in three persons!