Written by Chris Karnadi
Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are three-in-one. Three persons working in one perfect will, one perfect purpose, and one perfect love. We look in Creation for something which reveals a glimpse of your unique unity but are hard-pressed to find an adequate analogy. Are you, the Trinity, like a family? One unit unified by blood but distinct in relationships? Close, but even the most intimate earthly family has disagreements. Are you, the Trinity, like a human mind? One entity made of memory, understanding, and will? Closer, but even the most stern person changes his mind every day. We strive to understand your one-ness and your three-ness, but your triune nature is unlike anything in Creation.
If anything, we understand more what your unity is not like. Our many divisions in our societies and churches are unlike the unity that you have and call us to. Your oneness is not like our desperately divided societies, where the rich make money off of the broken backs of the poor and the political right and political left endlessly strive to tear each other’s agenda to pieces. Your oneness is not like our desperately divided churches where different racial groups worship in separate spaces and outsiders are rarely seen and welcomed.
God, we know that we do not live in the unity you call us to, the unity which is so crucial to your Triune nature. Make us one as you are one. Draw us into your Trinitarian life and teach us the dynamics of your godly love in order that we may love each other within the church and love the world even as you have loved us.