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.
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings is Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely and Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide.