The Image of Her Father
Date added: 29/05/2020
THE IMAGE OF HER FATHER
For many years in Israel’s womb
The embryo grows, the Church of Christ:
First the Head, then the Body,
The Son of Man includes the many.
For hours upon a Roman cross
The Church’s birth begins in blood:
Crucified with Christ her Head,
Constricted by the love of God.
The third day, from a gaping tomb,
The Church emerges urgently:
Risen again with Christ her life,
Released, relieved, the joy of God.
The fiftieth day, with tongues of flame,
She breathes the Spirit, cries the word:
Conceived, inspired with Christ, she grows,
The heir of all, the child of God.
© Graham Kings, Nourishing Connections (Canterbury Press, 2020).
first published in International Review of Mission LXXX, 317 January 1991, also in Graham Kings, Signs and Seasons (2008) and on Spiritual Journeys.