Triquetra (symbol of the Trinity) in pastel colours against a dark background. Text: An acrostic on the Trinity. Faith in Grey Places

An acrostic on the Trinity (a poem)

I took some inspiration from Ephesians again for this one.

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Acrostics are poems where the first letter of each line is a specific letter of the alphabet — often so that the first letters all make up a word. Though, in the Old Testament, the most famous acrostic poem is Psalm 119. It has 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and all the lines within each stanza begin with the same letter.

For today’s poem, I went for something a little less grand – the seven-letter word “Trinity.”

In deciding where to focus, I thought about Ephesians 3. (If you missed it, the Palindrome poem in this series is a take on Ephesians 1.)

Paul rounds up chapter 2 saying that the Ephesians are being built up into the body of Christ as a dwelling place for God, in the Spirit. Lovely Trinitarian language there. He then opens chapter 3 with “For this reason…” but doesn’t get to his point until v. 14. There he writes:

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he will grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 17 that Christ will dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 18 you will be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you will be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14–19, NET

It’s such a tightly knit set of actions: the the Father’s wealth of glory, the power of the Spirit, the dwelling of Christ. And I thought about what it would be like to pray this prayer — and even to invite God in this way.

So here it is. Enjoy.


An acrostic on the Trinity

Try me. The door is open.
Reach beyond my surface self,
Infuse me – so I exude you.
Name me as one of your family.
I heard it said you are above and before,
Tender with your wealth of grace.
Yes, try me. Let’s make home together.


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