The word perichoresis comes from two Greek words, peri, which means “around” and chorea, which means “dance.” It is a term that the early church used to describe the relational intimacy between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It’s what some have referred to as The Dance of the Trinity.
I believe God wired us in such a way that our deepest longings can only be truly satisfied when we are in a relationship with Him; learning to dance in His divine rhythm.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
I long to do life more and more in step with God’s unforced rhythms of grace. And I long to see the church – the body of Christ – do the same!
I’m reminded of Jesus’ invitation here in Matthew 11 when I hear songs like the one below: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful. You may not care for the song but you can’t help but be amazed at how these five guys do their part to contribute to one rhythm.
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What is it about God that captivates your curiosity?
Last week I learned about perichoresis. Any idea what that might be?
It’s a word used by the early church to describe the intimate, loving relationship between God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It’s a description of how they exist in perfect community.
The word perichoresis comes from two Greek words, peri, which means “around” and chorea, which means “dance.” It is a term that expresses the intimacy of the relational nature between the persons of the Godhead. It’s what some have referred to as The Dance of the Trinity.
I’ve understood God as three persons for a long time now, as well as is humanly possible. But I’d never considered the nature of their coexistence. Their manner of relating to each other and loving each other is beyond our ability to completely comprehend, but it has captured my curiosity.
And the best part is that we’re invited into the dance! Right here. Right now. We get to share in Their fellowship.
So what does it look like to dance with the Trinity?
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.
Filed under Christianity, God, God the Father, Holy Spirit, intimacy with the Lord, Jesus, Love of God, Perichoresis, Relationship with God, Religion and Spirituality, Trinity