Welcome to the second part of a reflection on the Apostles’ Creed – thrilling, I know.
As we get into the first part of the Creed (the shortest part), let us first notice something about it as a whole – it is in parts, 3 of them. That’s because the Apostles’ Creed is Trinitarian (though of course it doesn’t say “Trinity” anywhere outright.)
I won’t say much more about this, other than I like it. For me, to claim that God is Trinity, that God’s very nature is relationship, is community, is one of the most powerful things that I can say about God.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
What do I believe in? Who do I believe in? Who do I trust?
God, who is almighty, but who is more importantly the Father, my Father, our Father. That’s what Jesus taught, that when we pray to God, when we approach the Almighty, we can say Abba, and be like a child speaking to our loving Parent, Mother, Father. That’s really cool that that is the sort of relationship we get to have with God. I hope to never take that for granted.
Creator of heaven and earth.
What sort of God do I believe in, do I trust?
A God who is creative, who is a maker. And not just of some things. Everything. Seen and unseen. There is nowhere that I could go, nothing that I could find, big or small, special or ordinary, that did not have its beginnings in God’s goodness. These words in the Creed always remind me of two things that I hold on to: one, that in the created we can see the Creator, and two, that what is God-made is God-loved, deeply.
I think that’s enough for today.
I wonder what you heard, what you felt, in this, the shortest part of the Apostles’ Creed?
Thank you and thanks be to God!