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The Communion of Love

John 3. 1 - 17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity. This extraordinary icon written by Andrei Rublev in 1425 invites the viewer into the communion of God the three in one. The three in one depicted here might be considered controversial, but that's a story for another time. My story for you today is that this particular icon was written for me by my beloved anamcara in honor of my 47th birthday. It represents over 50 years of friendship and love, support and comfort, inspiration and a living out of the God the three in one moving through our lives...God Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer woven throughout our friendship, "beyond, beside us and within!"

Malcolm Guite offers us another interpretation of the Trinity which I include here for you to hear. Savor every word and ponder how and where and why and when the Trinity weaves through your world and your life.

In the Beginning, not in time or space,

But in the quick before both space and time,

In Life, in Love, in co-inherent Grace,

In three in one and one in three, in rhyme,

In music, in the whole creation story,

In His own image, His imagination,

The Triune Poet makes us for His glory,

And makes us each the other's inspiration.

He calls us out of darkness, chaos, chance,

To improvise a music of our own,

To sing the chord that calls us to the dance,

Three notes resounding from a single tone,

To sing the End in whom we all begin;

Our God beyond, beside us and within.


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