Grace and Peace to you.
Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them…. The Father will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, in my name….
— John 14.23, 26
The image of the Holy Trinity invites us to imagine God as a homemaker, one who creates a loving home for us. God doesn’t sit there in some high-end real estate called “Heaven” and wait for us to die and come to God. She comes to us, makes a home—God’s home!—with us. And she surrounds us with family: Christ and the Holy Spirit are there for us and with us, like a big brother and sister. The Holy Trinity is loving community— a family. This is the true family to which you belong: not just a little family tree, not a church or denomination, not a culture or a race, but the family of God, the household of the Holy Trinity.
Just as we find it hard to wrap our minds around the infinite and eternal power and majesty of God, God’s unknowable transcendence and mighty sovereignty, so we find it hard to fathom God’s nearness, God’s intimate presence, God’s ordinary motherly love, the steady, warm embrace of God’s arm around us, with loved ones gathered, bread baking, a soft bed waiting, and a gentle blessing: “Welcome home, love.” God is, above all else, the One who comes to us and makes a home with us. To worship God is sometimes simply to sit in our favorite easy chair in God’s home and enjoy being there.
Welcome home, love.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes