the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Trinity: Its Mystery
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
It was reported of Alanus, when he promised his auditory to discourse the next Sunday more clearly of the Trinity, and to make plain that mystery, while he was studying the point by the sea-side, he spied a boy very busy with a little spoon trudging often between the sea and a small hole he had digged in the ground. Alanus asked him what he meant. The boy answers, 'I intend to bring all the sea into this pit.' Alanus replies, 'Why dost thou attempt such impossibilities, and misspend thy time?' The boy answers, 'So dost thou, Alanus: I shall as soon bring all the sea into this hole, as thou bring all the knowledge of the Trinity into thy head. All is equally possible; we have begun together, we shall finish together; saving of the two, my labour hath more hope and possibility of taking effect.': Thomas Adams.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Trinity: Its Mystery'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​t/trinity-its-mystery.html. 1870.