Wednesday, May 31, 2017


“God in three persons, blessed Trinity.”

Did Reginal Heber truly understand the concept that he wrote about in his hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy”? For most of us it is a precept of Christianity that is difficult to grasp in its entirety. However, the other day, as I followed the guided prayer time on Sacred, the writer offered the following insights into the Trinity:

“The inner life of God is mutual giving and receiving. Each Person of the Blessed Trinity is fulfilled by fully giving themselves lovingly to the other two Persons, and fully receiving the love of the other two Persons. It is an everlasting circle of love between three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (

The author also wrote that there is another trinity, in which we are a part—the trinity of God, others, and ourselves:

“We, who are made in the image and likeness of God, are only fulfilled by wholly giving ourselves out of love to others and fully receiving God’s love for us. God will always be with us in this work, for it is His work.” (

As we share God’s love and plan for humanity’s salvation with others we not only establish a connection between them and ourselves, we also offer the opportunity to connect with God, just as we have connected with Him. A trinity of God, us, and others is formed when we act in obedience to Jesus’ commands:

“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.’" (Matthew 28:17-20)

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

May we join with God and others in a three-sided unity that draws us ever closer to the Holy Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


©2017 Pamela D. Williams