With open arms

We went into the most spare

Looking church with

Rendered concrete walls

But the peace spoke to us both


Suspended from the ceiling

Above the sanctuary

Were three figures

Jesus crucified

Mary on his right

And ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’

On his left


What floored me was

The shadow of the cross

Since the sanctuary wall

Was not flat

But in sections such that

The shadowy arms of the cross

Look upraised in

A gesture of embrace

And blessing


This juncture of

Creativity and theology

Emphasises the bonds of relationship

And hope

And redemption

Precisely when humans

Would give up

Our God

Our salvation

Is in community


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