THE GLORY OF IT ALL
This day in the Christian year is often referred to as Trinity Sunday. On this day we have recognized God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or as Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life. We use those expressions quite often in our services. In our doxologies we praise God in three persons. After reading a psalm we often say Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning it is now , and will be for ever. Many of the blessings that are given include those words. This Trinitarian formula is very much a part of our liturgical life in the church.
Over the years I have listened to a number of sermons on the Trinity and recently I have read a lot more sermons on the Trinity. Preachers quite often try to explain the Trinity, how three can be one, in the use of analogies. I have heard attempts to explain it in terms of a shamrock, which appears as three but is really just one, three parts of an apple but it is really just one apple. In a similar fashion, an egg has been used. I have heard analogies made to water as being sometimes liquid, sometimes steam, and sometimes ice, but its all water ( H2O). I have heard people explain that they are three persons in one, for example, a woman, a mother and a teacher. They play different roles but are the same person. This list goes on as to how we try to explain the unexplainable.
I use to try to explain it but never could because all the analogies that we can muster up fall short of the Glory of God. I believe this is what the passage from Genesis gives us this morning–a glimpse of the Glory of God. Now I am content today not to try to explain God but to bask in the Glory of God.
I know God as the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of humankind, the giver of all of life. I know God as my Creator, my Redeemer, and the Giver of my life. I know God as Love and that is overwhelming to me. I don’t believe that I have to explain it. Anything that I might say would be inadequate. I feel rather like Charles Spurgeon when he talked about glory:
As for me, I cannot say that I will speak of glory, but I will try to stammer about it; for the best language to which man can reach concerning glory must be mere stammering. (Charles Spurgeon Sermons, 14:183-184)
I believe that when we talk of God, it can only be in the language of stammering. Our adoration of God, our wonder, our awe of God can only be expressed in music and poetry. Today, when we recognize the majesty of God, Wendell Johnson’s poem Creation comes to mind. Listen to some of and catch the glory of it
And God stepped out on space,
And God looked around and said:
I’ll make me a world.
And far as the eye of God could see
Darkness covered everything,
Blacker than a hundred midnights
Down in a cypress swamp.
Then God smiled,
And the light broke,
And the darkness rolled up on one side,
And the light stood shining on the other,
And God said: That’s good!
Then God reached out and took the light in His hands,
And God rolled the light around in His hands
Until God made the sun;
And God set that sun a- blazing in the heavens.
And the light that was left from making the sun
God gathered up in a shining ball
And flung against the darkness,
Spangling the night with the moon and stars.
Then down between
The darkness and the light
He hurled the world;
And God said: That’s good! …….
…….Then God walked around,
And God looked around
On all that He had made.
He looked on His world
With all its living things
And God said: I’m lonely still.
Then God sat down–
On the side of a hill where He could think;
By a deep, wide river He sat down;
With His head in His hands,
God thought and thought,
Till He thought: I’ll make me a man!
Up from the bed of the river
God scooped the clay;
And by the bank of the river
He kneeled Him down;
And there the great God Almighty
Who lit the sun and fixed it in the sky
Who flung the stars to the most far corner of the night,
Who rounded the earth in the middle of His hand,
This Great God,
Like a mammy bending over her baby, |
Kneeled down in the dust
Toiling over a lump of clay
Till He shaped it in His own image;
Then into it He blew the breath of life,
And man became a living soul.
I love it! The great and wondrous God, who created this vast universe, created us in his image, created us for a relationship, created us to love.
Just bask in the Glory of it all.
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