Monday of Trinity – Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; For You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

I have had very few people troubled by the Trinity in my ministry, but there have been a few. An Episcopalian woman who started attending my parish after struggles with her own traditon was one of them. She could not get her head around the idea of Trinity and hence was not sure that she could recite the Nicene Creed with us. She liked our congregation and wanted me to drop the creed. I politely declined that option.

I must credit the woman for actually thinking and wrestling with the doctrine of the Trinity and taking her confession in the Creeds seriously. I wonder how many do not recite those words without ever pondering these words about the Trinity and Unity in the power of Divine Majesty. I taught a semester-long course on this and find myself still perplexed mightily by what my Creeds say. I think that is a good thing. The prayer does not ask God to keep us steadfast in the knowledge or understanding of the Trinity. It asks God to keep us in the faith and defend us from adversity.

I do not need to understand the depths of the Father’s relationship to the Son and Spirit. I trust that the Father sent the Son to save me and the rest of this world from sin and death and the power of Satan. The Holy Spirit brings me the blessings of Jesus’ work. There is only one God. The mathematics do not work here, but I am OK with that. God should probably be a little bigger and more complex than my human understanding can grasp. I will continue to seek understanding. It has rewarded me richly. But I pray that God keeps me in the faith which trusts this Three and One.

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