One, Yet Three: God's Individuality and Community

Celtic Trinity Symbol by Kristen Fox

Excerpt from The Cloud of Unknowing, 14th century, translated by William Johnston
Now you say, “How shall I proceed to think of God as he is in himself?” To this I can only reply, “I do not know.” With this question you bring me into the very darkness and cloud of unknowing that I want you to enter. A man may know completely and ponder thoroughly every created thing and its works, yes, and God’s works, too, but not God himself. Thought cannot comprehend God. And so, I prefer to abandon all I can know, choosing rather to love him whom I cannot know. Though we cannot know him we can love him. By love he may be touched and embraced, never by thought. Of course, we do well at times to ponder God’s majesty or kindness for the insight these meditations may bring. But in the real contemplative work you must set all this aside and cover it over with a cloud of forgetting. Then let your loving desire, gracious and devout, step bravely and joyfully beyond it and reach out to pierce the darkness above.

This lyric was born out of a reflection on the nature of God, One God and yet Three living in perfect freedom, love and unity with one another. God’s desire is for the people of God to live in this same type relationship with God and each other. God in Jesus Christ lays down his life so this might be possible for us. The simplicity of the lyric and tune, harkening to a lullaby, attempts to express the reality of God’s love;  profound and mysterious, yet beautiful, welcoming, creative and humble. – Lisa <><

God lives in community
One and yet Three
loving, creating, eternally
We’re called to community
one, yet many
loving, creating, one family

All praise to the Trinity
the One who is Three
who came as a baby
to calm our rough sea
who died on a lonely tree
and rose on day three
loving, creating, our victory

God lives in community
with all who believe
loving, creating,
what we’re to be
We’re called to community
for now we can see
that loving, creating,
makes us all free

© 1998 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.
Lisa is especially interested in collaborating with someone to set this text to music or to have her original tune for this lyric notated.

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