TRINITY 4: Living with difference
Love’s coming, I promise, but following on from last week’s thoughts – the unity and distinctiveness in the nature of God – my mind wandered off in the direction of difference. Difference is both a joy and a challenge in our lives, in our nation and our church. Difference is also very, very difficult to handle. Yet within the Godhead there is both unity and difference. Each person is in perfect unity without requiring the other to be the same, nor expecting them to be. God is difference in harmony. Again, this is something we are called towards in our humanity (and particularly our marriages) as those made in the Trinity’s image. We commit to one another and seek unity but do not require or expect the other to become exactly like us. The joy is in exploring and seeking to understand our difference. It is this profound harmony wherein lies strength and beauty.