Connecting with the Trinity

Recently, my spiritual director asked me an interesting question: How do you connect with God through each person of the Trinity? The question intrigued me so I said I would carry it with me for a while. Sometimes it is best to just hold onto the questions, embracing them and letting them lead you into unexpected places.

I was outside one day and got caught up in gazing at the clouds. I noticed their billowing beauty as they danced across the bright blue sky. In that moment, it suddenly dawned on me that I connect with the God the Father and Creator through the wonders of creation itself. It’s easy to forget the beauty around us as we rush about our hectic lives. But it can really be that simple: We know God the creator through God’s own creation. Paying attention to the beauty around us can be an opportunity to pause and express our gratitude to God.

Relationships are important to me just as they are for God. After all, God sent Jesus to the world as the Word incarnate (John 1:14) to reconnect with humanity in a pretty mind-blowing way. So, I’ve come to realize that I connect with the Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, through my relationships.  I experience God’s love for me through others as they show forth Christ to me.  I am thankful for the presence of these relationships in my life.

I’ve often said that the Holy Spirit is the most forgotten and neglected person of the Trinity. I think it’s because as human beings, it is so easy for us to get caught up in deficit thinking even in the church. We look at the things we don’t have and miss the gifts right before our eyes. Over the years, I’ve come to realize I need to pay attention to the convergences in life. They include questions that keep repeating themselves and themes that suddenly appear but linger on and on.  And I find that when I pay attention to these things, my life becomes more abundant.

I’m now carrying this new perception with me as I go through each day to encourage me to more pay attention more deeply to God’s presence in my life.

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