This is a blessing that has been loved by many generations of Christ followers. It deserves to be read slowly and thoughtfully, savouring the richness of the language and receiving the benediction of the words. Perhaps you might read this aloud, pausing to reflect and allow the words to sink into your thinking.
As we read this we also discover how its author, St. Paul, struggles to speak about God: I bow my knees before the Father.... strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.... to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God... him who by the power at work within us ...to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus... This is rich Trinitarian language that overlaps the various ways we use ‘God-language’. Ultimately, we are reminded that our ‘God-language” is always inadequate to capture a Divine Being who is beyond our imagining.
The language of Trinity reminds us that God is more than we can conceive. Those who wage war in the name of God, and those who export terror in God’s cause, and those who condemn homosexual and lesbian people in the name of God, and those who claim God’s sanction for their wealth and privilege ......
All of us need to discover that God is bigger than our understanding of Divinity.
Trinity Sunday30 The Triune God
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 190.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.