Four Hundred Texts on Love (Third Century) 18

46.  God, full beyond all fullness, brought creatures into being not because He had need of anything, but so that they might participate in Him in proportion to their capacity and that He Himself might rejoice in His works (Ps. 104:31), through seeing them joyful and ever filled to overflowing with His inexhaustible gifts.

The Christian God has always existed as a perfect communion of love between the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. The image of dance has sometimes been used in an effort to convey the image with each eternally yielding to the other two in such perfect union that the language of a single essence or being must be used, yet each remaining a distinct person.

Obviously our language and our imagination fail at the task of describing that which transcends us, but a key point is that God did not create because God lacked anything. Rather creation is the overflow of that dance of love. We were created to be loved and to participate to the extent we are able in that dance of love.

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