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Monday, October 27, 2014

I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
his baptism in the Jordan river,
his death on cross for my salvation,
his bursting from the spiced tomb,
his riding up the heavenly way,
his coming at the day of doom,
I bind myself today.

“I Bind unto Myself Today” (tune: St. Patrick; Deirdre)
trans. Cecil Frances Alexander
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

I remember the sermon at my friend’s wedding. The minister preached about marriage in terms of the proverbial ball and chain. Since weddings are supposed to be all things lovely, I found that image distasteful, but it nevertheless underscored the point of the sermon. In marriage, two persons bind themselves to one another and, quite amazingly, they choose to do so. Unlike families that we are born into, whose members we never choose for ourselves, in marriage two people actually choose to become family. They choose to bind themselves to one another.

Choosing to become family, by marriage, adoption, or baptism, is the result of the power of faith. It is, after all, by faith—trust and loyalty—that we bind ourselves in relationship, and when we do so, we are never the same again. We take on a strong new name, the name of the Trinity, “the Three in One and One in Three.”

Today, Lord, keep me bound to you by the power of faith, and seal me in your strong name, the Three in One and One in Three. Amen.

Written by Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life

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