ISAIAH 6:1-8 (The Message version)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne - high, exalted! - and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew."
And they called back and forth one to the other,
Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
His bright glory fills the whole earth.
The foundations trembled at the sound of the angel voices, and then the whole house filled with smoke. I said,
"Doom! It's Doomsday!
I'm as good as dead!
Every word I've ever spoken is tainted –
And the people I live with talk the same way,
using words that corrupt and desecrate.
And here I've looked God in the face!
The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!"
Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said,
"Look. This coal has touched your lips.
Gone your guilt, your sins wiped out."
And then I heard the voice of the Master:
"Whom shall I send?
Who will go for us?"
I spoke up,
Devotion by Lynne Buell
Sunday, May 30 is Trinity Sunday, which is the celebration of the Christian doctrine of the three Persons of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Also known as, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.)
Isaiah is believed to have lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus. He shared his visions to the Hebrew people using colorful words and poetry and was a prophet during the most turbulent times in the kingdom of Judah. If you glance at the Book of Isaiah, it will seem he was a writer of only gloom and doom. But Isaiah also asserted judgement and redemption. Isaiah found his calling as a prophet of God when he saw the vision of God mentioned in this scripture. Subsequently, he foretold the coming of Jesus and His impending suffering.
Isaiah’s visions convey power, morality, and hope. God is powerful as our creator; Jesus proclaims the Word of God, how we should live according to God’s laws—so that we can have everlasting life; and the Holy Spirit draws us in to follow the path of righteousness. You could say that God exists as three separate beings; yet are One. Our God is great; the love God has for us is real. Isaiah was one of several prophets who had the extraordinary power and skill to deliver God’s commands and promises to nations who worshiped idols and lived adhering to fantasies and lies. Isaiah’s writings insist that we open ourselves up to receiving God—especially during times when we are suffering. I guess this is why Isaiah is a good fit for Trinity Sunday.
Loving God, thank you for comforting us in times of ordeals and sufferings, and thank you for giving us the confidence to move on and can overcome all things. Amen.