Last Saturday, about 20 of us participated in the prayer retreat led by Pastor Lee. It was a day of worship, hearing Scripture, listening to God, and having time for personal reflection.
One way to help us reflect was a Celtic knot. These knots were symbols used by believers living in Britain towards the end of the Roman Empire up to the 8th or 9th centuries AD. One knot was used to symbolize the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Because God is One in Three, Three in One, this knot is shaped like a triangle.
What makes this knot so interesting is that there is no beginning or end. This reminds us that God is eternal. What’s more, the knot also reminds us that God’s nature as Three Persons is both beautiful and a mystery. We cannot fathom the wonder of God’s nature – instead, we are drawn ever deeper into worship.
On Saturday, a Celtic Trinity knot was marked out on the lawn. We were invited to walk the path of the knot, praying and marveling that we can know God as Trinity.
And Scripture helps us.
The Father sends the Son. We could walk from one corner of the triangle to another, thanking the Father for sending Jesus, the Son, as John 3:16 magnificently states. We could thank Jesus that he did not consider equality with God something to be held on to, but humbled himself, taking on human flesh, going to the cross for us, and being raised to life triumphant of all powers, as Philippians 2:5-11 tell us.
Walking from the second corner of the triangle to the third, we could thank Jesus for sending the Holy Spirit from the Father, as John 15:26 says. The Spirit produces his fruit in us and equips us with his gifts, as Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 12 tell us. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us, for as Romans 8:14 says, those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
And we can move from the third corner to the first, reminding ourselves that the Holy Spirit brings us into all truth, all that belongs to the Father, which is given to Jesus and made known to us, as John 16:13-15 announce.
As we continue walking the path of this knot, entering as it were into fellowship with God as Trinity, we see again the truth Jesus declared in his glorious prayer in John 17:20-21: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their [the apostles’] message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
This knot was a simple way to remember what is utterly astonishing: through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have been brought into fellowship with God as Trinity. God, in all his wonder, in all his mystery, in all his grace, has embraced us. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:14: “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” God invites us to know him, to follow him, to experience him day by day as Father, Son, and Spirit.
I invite you to take a pen and paper. Draw the Celtic Trinity knot, trace the path of the knot with your finger, and rejoice in the glory of this amazing God who loves you today!
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