The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
–2 Corinthians 13:13
Six early mornings a week, I swim. Silly habits have attached themselves to this daily routine; silly thoughts too. For example, though I use a cap to guard my hair from exposure to pool chemicals, I defeat this purpose by removing the cap at the end of every swim to dunk my head several times in the water. As far as silly thoughts go, on a recent morning when leaving the pool, I noticed a band aid beneath a lane starting block. I didn’t want to touch this germy band aid from another person. Like the overly pious priest and Levite in the Bible, I walked by the dirty band aid. Days two, three, four—I kept passing by the band aid. Finally on day five, I stooped down and picked it up, dropped it in the trash can by the life guard chair, but then began feeling guilty for having taken several days to do the “right thing.”
Some of my habits and thoughts at the pool are not as silly; some are meant to honor God (as much as God can be honored in bathing trunks at 5:30 AM!). For instance, for some time now I’ve been ending my lap swimming work-out by doing three lengths of the butterfly stroke. Why three lengths? Well, at first it was because I believed if I attempted a fourth length of the butterfly I might suffer a coronary. Over time, however, I began to like ending with three butterflies. I preferred three because my prayer to God in the water was, “God, I’m going to end each day swimming three butterfly lengths (the most challenging stroke for my 58-year-old body), to honor You, the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” So my first butterfly is for God, the Father; the second, for God, the Son; and the third for God, the Holy Spirit. As I swim the three butterflies, I give thanks for being created, redeemed, and for having God’s presence always near. I remember praying in the pool after being diagnosed with cancer, “All my times are in Your hand.” God brought me through that ordeal. I’m still swimming. “And so, Holy Trinity, I give thanks to you in good and bad times with three daily butterflies.”
The Festival of the Holy Trinity will be celebrated in our congregation on Sunday, June 16. Based on attendance on this Sunday each year (and on most Sundays during the summer for that matter), many of us pass by Holy Trinity as if it were someone else’s band aid left on a pool deck. In fact, Holy Trinity is the one Sunday of the year when we honor in fullness Church doctrine of how God has chosen to reveal his divine presence for the world and in our lives. Let’s not treat the Festival of Holy Trinity as if it were an old band aid. Let’s worship on this day; stop to do the “right thing.” Let’s give thanks to God for life, salvation, and for the abiding presence of divine grace that surrounds our lives.
I hope to see you for Holy Trinity on June 16 and every Sunday throughout the summer. Even if you’re traveling, find a place to worship! How nice it is to give thanks to God! The Sabbath was made for building up our faith; for encouragement, hope, and to give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Have a great summer!
Congratulations to all of our high school and college graduates!
Love in Christ,
Pastor Doug Heagy