Three In One

After church my six year old asked the question – “Mum, what does three in one mean?”

I took a deep breath before launching into my answer.  Despite the fact that I’ve been a Christian for most of my life, there are still some things I find hard to get my head around.  (There will probably always be things I can’t get my head around when it comes to God, because He’s God. And I’m not.)

So, as best I could I talked to her about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The Bible is clear that they are all God, three in one.  My daughter looked confused (understandably), so I talked some more, using the example of three interconnected rings, or a three strand rope.  She still looked puzzled, and I feared I was confusing her more than helping her.  After all, it is a concept hard to fully grasp myself as an adult.

Instead of trying to give her the answers I thought she wanted, I asked if she had any questions.

“Mum,” she said.  “I wasn’t asking about God. I was just wondering about that coffee stuff in the kitchen…”

Note to self: don’t over think it!

PS – this isn’t the Faith post I had planned for this month, but I had to share :-)


This post is part of the monthly Growing in God series. 

7 thoughts on “Three In One

  1. Hey Cath! I love it! It reminds me of a story my Aunty told me about a question asked of her by one of her girls…”Mum what is pawn?” just imagine the rather awkward discussion which ensued… :) “Oh uhhh, ok but I was actually wondering what they sell at the shop down the road…”

  2. I love it. Thanks for making me smile.
    I remember trying to explain ‘tomorrow’ to my 4 year old. Really he only wanted to know how long it was till he got to play with his friends!

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