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Believing in the Trinity

MEDITATION:

Written by Dallas Willard (1935-2013), an American philosopher, theologian, and author.  This is an excerpt from his book “The Divine Conspiracy.”

The advantage of believing in the reality of the Trinity is not that we get an A from God for giving “the right answer.” Remember, to believe something is to act as if it is so. To believe that two plus two equals four is to behave accordingly when trying to find out how many dollars or apples are in the house. The advantage of believing it is not that we can pass tests in arithmetic; it is that we can deal much more successfully with reality. Just try dealing with it as if two plus two equaled six.  Hence, the advantage of believing in the Trinity is that we then live as if the Trinity is real: as if the cosmos environing us actually is, beyond all else, a self-sufficing community of unspeakably magnificent personal beings of boundless love, knowledge, and power. And, thus believing, our lives naturally integrate themselves, through our actions, into the reality of such a universe, just as with two plus two equals four. In faith we rest ourselves upon the reality of the Trinity in action—and it graciously meets us. For it is there. And our lives are then enmeshed in the true world of God.

PRAYER:

Written by Scott Cairns, a contemporary American poet, professor, librettist, and spiritual  essayist.

May the Father,

who created all things in the beginning, bless you.

May the  Son of God heal you.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten you,

guard your body, save your soul,

direct your thoughts,

and bring you safe to the heavenly country,

where he lives and reigns,

God, in a perfect Trinity,

forever and ever. Amen.

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