Presence of the Trinity


The picture above is one of the most famous paintings of the Trinity. It is believed to be created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work, as well regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art.  Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (see. Genesis 18,1-15), but the painting is full of symbolism and often interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity.  

As I have looked at this painting this week I see it in a different light. As many of you know my father suffered a significant stroke on Monday morning.  Katie and I rushed to Vermont to be with him and my mother.  We spent two days with him praying for him and encouraging him in his recovery.  He has a long journey ahead of him however, we saw significant improvement while we were there.

We saw improvement because of prayer.  I have felt the presence of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit with my family and myself this week.  I posted what happened on my personal Facebook page as well as the ELCA clergy Facebook page and through this I have had individuals, churches and synod staffs praying for my family.  God has wrapped His loving arms around my father as well as the hospital staff and my family this week and I am thankful for that.

Holy Trinity Sunday has always been a Sunday about the doctrine of the church. I have tried to explain what the Trinity is, and what it means.  This week I have been experience what the Holy Trinity does.  Each part of the Trinity plays a role in our life and I am blessed to fully experience and embrace the Trinity.  You have been a part of that. Thank you.

Side Note: When Katie and I left on Tuesday my father was regaining strength and movement in his right side.  He was laughing and joking with us and his spirits seemed to be well.  He is currently unable to communicate with us (verbally, writing and even a simple yes or not) however I know that through his strength and determination that will come.

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One Comment

  1. Eleanor Roder

    My prayers are with you daily for your Dad’s full recovery. It is painful for a family to watch their love one in distress but our Lord in His tender mercy is right by his side .Peace be with you. El

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