May 24

Isaiah 6:1-4

“And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” vs. 3

Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday in many congregations, and if in-person worship now includes singing, there’s a good chance one of the hymns will be some variation of “Holy, Holy, Holy.” It’s an old standard for many and includes lyrics from the seraph, one of the six-winged creatures from Isaiah’s temple vision. Actually, holy, holy, holy, is a great place to start as we begin to sing our praises to God. With those words we confess that God is the Divine Mystery that stands apart from, yet is not separate from creation. Through God all things have come and are coming into existence. Both transcendent and immanent, God is above us, beside us, and within us. Not only the whole earth, but the whole universe is full of God’s glory. Of course, God’s holiness does not remove God from the realm of our experience, and while it is true that some of our “God-moments” can seem trivial or petty, there are those times when our God encounters can be transforming or life-shaping. There’s no formula for those times and they can’t be forced–few are like what Isaiah or Paul experienced. But when they come we catch a glimpse of holiness that can stay with us for a lifetime!

Thought for the Day: When have I sensed the presence of holiness?

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