How do you explain gravity, air, flight, a magnetic field, the sound of the ocean in a seashell, how cell phones work or why the sky is blue?  While I “know” what science tells, there are many things that remain rather mysterious to me and the words to explain them are elusive.

How do you explain God?  One of the ways God has helped us to understand the nature, the being and the essence of God is through the Trinity.  God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  For more than 2000 years, Christians have struggled to wrap their minds around this 3 in 1 God.  How can 1 be 3?  Now, this is more than mysterious.  So we use metaphors and images and stories to help understand the mystery of God.

I ran across this story shared by Brett Blair on that helps us understand the mystery of God the Son.

Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish theologian of another century tells a story of a prince who wanted to find a maiden suitable to be his queen.  One day while running an errand in the local village for his father he passed through a poor section.  As he glanced out the windows of the carriage his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden.  During the ensuing days he often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love.  But he had a problem.  How would he seek her hand?

He could order her to marry him.  But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely and voluntarily and not through coercion.  He could put on his most splendid uniform and drive up to her front door in a carriage drawn by six horses.  But if he did this he would never be certain that the maiden loved him or was simply overwhelmed with all of the splendor.  As you might have guessed, the prince came up with another solution.  He would give up his kingly robe.  He moved, into the village, entering not with a crown but in the garb of a peasant.  He lived among the people, shared their interests and concerns, and talked their language.  In time the maiden grew to love him for who he was and because he had first loved her.

In John 16:13, Jesus tells the disciples and us that the Spirit will guide us into understanding.  I’m not going to try to describe the Holy Spirit!  But, I think the Holy Spirit helps us into these stories to learn about the mystery of our 3 in 1 God.  Join us this Sunday to explore the mystery of God and remember Memorial Day.

Loving God, help us to enter into mystery with wonder and not get too caught up in trying to explain and define. Fill us with your Spirit and remind us that you became like us. Amen.


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