Every so often a message will show up in my Facebook page that someone is “In a Relationship”. To the young people involved, it means they care enough about each other to make it “Facebook official” and tell the world. The exciting step is a way to make public their deepening and interconnected relationship.
You know you are a church nerd when “In a Relationship” makes you think of Trinity Sunday. I confess to being that church nerd, but hang in there with me. The early church used the term Trinity to help understand how ONE God could be understood as Father/Creator while at the same time being Son/Redeemer after feeling the power of the Holy Spirit/ Comforter. Believers experienced God in all these ways, yet it was a mystery and beyond the ability of language to explain. So the word Trinity was used to explain the unexplainable.
A more contemporary way to think about it may be God–In a Relationship. God is in and a part of all creation—In Relationship. God enters into humanity through Jesus Christ to be–In Relationship. The Spirit of God is poured out on ordinary people so God can be In a Relationship with them. Maybe through the Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Spirit God makes it official: God is In a Relationship with all. God’s deepest desire is community and communion.
Therefore, since we are justified by faith (accepted by God just the way we are), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5: 1, 2, 5
Through God’s love poured into our hearts, God affirms that deepening interconnected relationship with us. And God’s love and grace continues to flow through us to others. We are In Relationship too—with God and with all creation. We become part of God’s dream for community and wholeness for all. What does it mean to you that God publicly claims to be “In a Relationship” with you? How does that relationship continue to guide you into community and care for others?