This week I asked folks on Facebook what images they liked for the Trinity and for the Holy Spirit. The responses were wonderful, so I'm sharing them all together here for you. Most of them are pictures, some are words, and some are both. The pictures have image descriptions if you hover over them (if this is not the case, please let me know so that I can fix that!).
|Jess Davis posted this image, which really embraces the relationality and solidarity of the Trinity.|
|Rev. Stefanie K. L. Fauth describes the Holy Spirit with: "I see the Holy Spirit as a ball of energy. Closest visual is crab nebula. Not that I think the Spirit is distant, it's just the closet visual of how I feel the energy. " I love outer space and really resonate with this image. For me Space is resurrection, so whether it is a suggestion of this Crab Nebula (or Mariah's image below) or the gender of the day as a black hole, if you suggest outer space, there's a very good chance I will love it.|
|In looking at a variety of images, this one caught Rev. Kim Beckman's eye. On a personal note, I particularly love the way the triangle combines with the round halo to evoke the trans pride flag.|
|Rev. Kim Beckman also posted this stating: "Bishop Macholz used this Pentecost picture for his cover photo this week. It moves me. There was a post by someone about Pentecost hymns in the ELW last week that noted you can either go gentle or go forceful with the Spirit and the ELW hymns mostly went gentle. I've been thinking about that a lot and how to break out of the binary, so to speak, and this image captures that for me." Anything that breaks a binary is good and holy in my book :)|
|Ashley Herrikane posted this image, a common way of explaining the diversity of the person of the Trinity combined with the unity of the one essence of the Triune God.|
|Rev. Kim Beckman shared this image. Along with the obvious name on the front of the uniform, the joy and relationship, even while distinct and made up of a diversity of people on the team, points toward the diversity of God's essence.|
|This image was added by Matt Bear-Fowler and Elle Dowd. It is my favorite icon of the Trinity and I would love to own it someday. It is queer in so many ways and deeply representative of the diversity of God.|
|Mariah Himes posted this and the one below stating, "I think of the holy spirit as big and beautiful and complex and deep as the universe, as well as gentle and soft and real as animal friends. I like to think she’s multifaceted 🙂" The holding together of these two images is delightfully queer, resisting a binary or forced decision.|
|Rev. Marie Sager posted Andrei Rublev's Icon of the Trinity with this link, explaining its history. This image is taken from Abraham and Sarah's hospitality to strangers, later discovered to be angels, in Genesis and reminds us of the way that hospitality is essential to the experience of a Triune God.|
Resonating with the above icon, additionally, Rev. John Michael Longworth describes the Trinity, stating "Inspired by Rubelev's Trinity, I imagine a cuddle threesome that always has a spot for a fourth."
Mairi McGilvrie posted the above video of a rare Rainbow Blanket Octopus swimming, colors undulating in the water. Mairi states, "This is my holy spirit image of the day! It just seemed to fit the question you asked! Beautiful peaceful rainbow octopus. That is the holy spirit playing dress up for me today" To this I add that octopi are also clever, tricky as can be, and nearly impossible to capture or contain, also much like the Holy Spirit.
|To end these wonderful images, Wendy Heilman posted this stating "Maybe this is not exactly what u r looking for??? Lol"|
|Sheri Kutsch-Stanton posted this, naming it as "Native Spirit..." This image makes explicit the connection of the Spirit to Creation within the frame of Native Spirituality and Tradition.|
Rev. Tyler Rasmussen, in looking for the hymn "Come, Join the Dance of Trinity," found the following images:
Batter My Heart, Three-Person'd God by John Donne
Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
This image and poem evoke the complexity and diversity of the Trinity within a framework of beauty and intimate relationship.
|This image shows both the warm joy of the dance of navigating relationships and the connection of the Trinity as each person appears to blend into each other.|
|Trinity by Mark Jennings emphasizes the interconnection and overlap of the Triune God.|
|Dance of the Trinity evokes the movement and motion inherent in the Triune God.|
If you're wondering why none of these are Harry Potter references, it's because I've got an entire podcast devoted to that, so check out our podcast and find out what Pastor Kay and I come up with for Holy Trinity images!
What are your images for the Trinity? For the Holy Spirit? For the divine?