A Trinity Tale

“The mystery of the Trinity is the mystery of Holiness: the Glory and the Power of the Trinity is the Glory and Power of God who makes us holy. There is God dwelling in light inaccessibly, a consuming fire of Holy Love, destroying all that resists, glorifying into its own purity all that yields. There is the Son, casting Himself into that consuming fire, whether in its eternal blessedness in heaven, or its angry wrath on earth, a willing sacrifice, to be its food and its satisfaction, as well as the revelation of its power to destroy and to save. And there is the Spirit of Holiness, the flames of that mighty fire spreading on every side, convicting and judging as the Spirit of Burning, and then transforming into its own brightness and holiness all that it can reach. All the relations of the Three Persons to each other and to us have their root and their meaning in the revelation of God as the Holy One. As we know and partake of Him, we shall know and partake of Holiness.”
― Andrew Murray

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(two images of two different trillium plants, Trillium cuneatum / Troup County, Georgia, the middle of nowhere in virgin woods / Julie Cook / 2014)

The tears of a forlorn Father, who wandered alone in the woods the day His Son hung on a cross, fell silently to the ground.
As the tears fell, trickling down through the scattered leaves and debris,
the Earth trembled.

The Earth, now sad for its Creator, wanted to offer comfort.
For each fallen tear, a small plant soon emerged
Three leaves with a tiny three leaved bloom
White for the purity of the sacrificed Son
Red for the innocent blood shed for all mankind

Each Spring, year after year, the trillium returns
offering to all who may wander wood and glen
a reminder . . .
The Sorrow of a grief stricken Father
The Sacrifice of selfless Son
The Grace of a transcending Spirit

4 comments on “A Trinity Tale

  1. Lynda says:

    What a gentle and inspiring post! I love the connection between the trillium and the Trinity – I hadn’t heard that previously. I marvel at the fact that we are invited into relationship with the members of the Trinity. How amazing is that!

    Incidentally, the trillium is the flower of Ontario – but this year I don’t imagine that they are up and ready to bloom yet. Perhaps by Easter. Have a blessed weekend. One more paper to go and then I’ll catch up on everything else – or not!

    • I don’t know if there is a connection or not with the trillium and the trinity—I just made that up—when I wandered upon the plants in the woods, it struck my how much they reminded me of a celtic trinity knot—so I obviously started pondering the connection 😉
      I had read that they were the native flower of Ontario and was surprised that they seem to be happy growing warm or cold 🙂
      Good luck on the papers Lynda!!
      Hugs—Julie

      • Lynda says:

        I assumed that you had been inspired with the connection of the trillium and the Trinity and I like that. You have a gift and we are blessed that you share it.

  2. Natalie Scarberry says:

    Another lovely post! I loved the way you drew a connection between the Holy Trinity and the trilium. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

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