Today is Trinity Sunday. A festival that invites us to consider what images of God we hold dear. Perhaps it is a Crucifix, or an illustration in a Children’s Bible or perhaps it is a work of art which we have seen in a gallery.
These pictures are often more powerful than we imagine. They shape our image of God and the way in which we pray and think about him. Indeed the Old Testament contains many warnings about images of God and the way in which they can never contain him. Of course, the supreme image of God is Jesus Christ and it is through him that we know who God is.
The image above is called the ‘Laughing Christ’ and is one that I find particularly powerful. The Bible does not report that Jesus laughed but he did go to weddings, tell stories, play with children, tie his questioners in knots and have to deal with those were surprised by God’s love. I doubt that he could have done this and kept a straight face.
So as we celebrate God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit today let us also give thanks afor a God who cries, smiles and laughs with us.