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Dear God,

I am grateful that you want us to know you;
that you make yourself known to us
in story, in creation,
and in the person of Jesus.

I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to point people to you,
how to enlarge their view of you,
how to engage them with the fullness,
with the glory,
of you.

Forgive me, when the language I use
gets in the way of relationship with you.

Forgive me when I get so caught up
in how to describe you
(while avoiding theological error
and avoiding cliches
and avoiding language that is oppressive or too narrow)
that I forget to call out to you.

Dear God,
I know we can not sum up the fullness of you
in our language,
but bless us
and correct us
and draw us to you:

you who calls each one of us by name.

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.  She is always mindful of Brian Wren’s suggestion that our traditional formulation of the Trinity points us toward ‘an all male, one-parent family with a whoosh of vapour’, especially with Trinity Sunday looming on the horizon.  

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