"Before time dawned and space was called to be, before the heavens were stretched out and filled with a sea of stars, before the earth was summoned and filled with people and life and endless beauty, before there was anything, there was the Father, Son and Spirit and the great dance."
-C. Baxter Kruger
To go forward.
To make room.
The Divine Dance.
The word Perichoresis was a word adopted by several of the church fathers to describe, in what little detail we can, the triune nature of our great God. How God is three yet one. I honestly do my best to keep my words minimal on the doctrine of the Trinity because it always seems that the more I try and explain (what we could not possibly fully comprehend in the first place) the more I pollute the real beauty of what it all really means.
I would have to say for the most part my Evangelical background has lacked almost any shred of the Trinitarian Theology that was a main focal point for the early church fathers. Of course I was taught to believe in the Trinity and that God was Three-in-one, but it never was more than a doctrinal statement in a check list of have to believe's. I would even go as far to say that a great deal of the theology I was handed was in many ways a denial of the trinitarian nature of God rather than a confirmation of it.
All that said, I am coming to realize more and more everyday that the Trinity is not so much something to be understood as it is something to be enjoyed.
It is not so much something to rationalize as it is to partake.
It is not so much something to subdue intellectually as it is something to be caught up in.
We are called to partake of the Divine Dance without knowing all the steps. We are to allow love to seize our hearts and plunge us into the rhythm and beauty of the eternal dance of God.
I am reminded of the words Jesus prayed that are recorded in John chapter seventeen, and how He earnestly prayed that we would come to partake fully in this Dance and see it extended to all of His creation. He even goes on to say that the world will know that we are of Him by the unity of selfgiving love that exists between us.
Our participation in this furious dance of love can never be more clearly seen than when we love one another as Jesus has loved us.
The world will know us...
By how we care for those in need.
By how we pursue justice.
By how we listen.
By how we speak of them and to them.
Jesus did not say they would know us by our theological comprehension, size of our churches, or how much we remind them of their sin.
He said they would know us by our love.
The same love that we have received.
A radical, inclusive, life altering love that does not ask you questions of where you have been, how dirty your hands are, or if you are worthy or not.
A love that bears all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
A love that says come as your!
"Come away with me! Come find yourself in this furious love! Dance this dance with me! Let your heart be whole!"
This is the message of the Trinity, that God exists in eternal love and has sought us with a furious longing in hopes of us joining in this divine dance.
We have been included.
The veil lays torn.
There is no divide.
There is no separation.
The creator of the cosmos has invited each and every one of us to drink of endless love.
So dance! You don't need to know the steps!
Three in in one be the breath in my lungs.