Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19 NRSV)
English mystery writer Dorothy Sayers was also a lay theologian in the Church of England. In one of her books she discussed the difficulty a missionary to the Orient had in trying to explain the Trinity. As you know, one of the symbols for the Holy Spirit is a descending dove. The Oriental gentleman, lost in the maze of theology, said: "Honorable Father I understand. Honorable Son I understand. Honorable bird I don't understand at all!"

Still, Christians are Trinitarians. "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." With those familiar words, Christians baptize their children, marry their spouses, bury their dead, and celebrate their sacraments. The words are a part of the worship and ritual of every Christian body on earth. Everywhere you go in the world, you will find Christians using the same language about God. "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Just what do these words mean? Are they merely theological mumbo-jumbo, or do they point to something real and important? For most of us they are simply a way of more fully understanding nature of God.

Dear God, as I march through this day, may I also learn something about your being. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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