BY REV. DR. MARTIN LUCIN - GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF SPIRIT LAKE
So, think for just a moment about the different roles one person can play: my father died in his sleep about 25 years ago, but I am still John’s son. That will never — can never really — change. It is a fact not in dispute.
I am also father to Kari, born in 1980 at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California, and I am also father to Michael, born in 1987 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota – both hospitals where my wife, Kim worked at the time as a registered nurse.
But, I am also — and always will be — the grandfather of William and Philip, my son's boys, who were born almost six years ago and just over two years ago at the hospitals where he worked at the time, Broadlawns in Des Moines and University of Iowa in Iowa City. (Yep, two little Iowegians, how about that?)
So, too, do we speak of God as "Three-In-One."(I love the hymn that references the Almighty as our Maker, Redeemer, and Friend.) We call God, Father or our heavenly parent – our creator, sustainer, and the source of all that is our was or ever will be. We also note God's activity as Son — our savior, redeemer, the one who demonstrated God's great love for us by dying on a cross and being raised to life all over again.
And, of course we also understand God to be Holy Spirit – the advocate, the one who works faith in us in the first place and daily does whatever it takes to keep us in faith, to make it real each day so it always makes all the difference.
Do you see why this doctrine of the trinity is so important to us? In the end it is all about the Word going to work – a single source, to be sure, but also multiple, distinct expressions – to make grace real in the world and in you.
It's true, you know GRACE: It is for me, it is for you, it is for EVERYONE.