Date added: 29/05/2020
Formed in the image and likeness of God,
Fired by violence and facing away,
Defaced, despairing, curved in on ourselves,
Remaking, repairing, curved into the world,
You come, the Image of God.
With compassion, forgiveness, restoring the image,
With powerfully piercing, incisive insight,
With passion and proverb and practical story,
Facing Jerusalem, challenging temple,
Surfacing from the depths of death,
Infusing, renewing, the image refacing,
You pour out the fiery Spirit of God.
Being transfigured into your likeness,
From glory to glory;
With unveiled face, we face God’s Image,
Reflecting the light of the knowledge of God,
Seen in your face,
Jesus our Lord.
© Graham Kings, Nourishing Connections (Canterbury Press, 2020).
First published as ‘Facing the Image’ in News of Liturgy 1997, Transformation 15.1 (1998), Mission Theology Advisory Group, Anne Richards (ed.), Transparencies: Pictures of mission through prayer and reflection (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Church House Publishing, 2002), also on Fulcrum, Spiritual Journeys and Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion.