Robert Jenson says “God’s being is conversation.” You have sometimes wanted a conversation to go on forever? God is the conversation that does. Melodious, humble, witty, the banter among the persons of the Trinity is a romp of unpredictable grace.
But this unpredictable? On Christmas, when human vocal chords first trembled the being of God, the gentle whispers between Father and Spirit were drowned in squalls and bawling. In the temple, divine thunder armed itself with a whip and roared. In Gethsemane, the weeping Son of God heaved before heaven the whole earth’s agony of guilt and fear. Forsaken, the sin-wracked Sacrifice hurled down the echoing abyss of eternity a shriek of desperation.
Was such wretchedness and terror the undoing of the grammar of the Trinity?
Hardly. For the conversation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is more unpredictable still. The stone rolled away and the returning Son brought with him human voices – billions strong – into the very being of God. Our unlikely, risen voices belong forever in the conversation of the Trinity.
Prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, welcome my voice as one of your own. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.