Unrecognisably Recognisable


Looking upon you
I ought to recognise you
But the line of your face is hidden
Sharded by colour
Disrupted, broken, obscured.

But as I look I see you
Still there,
There in a new way
There in your essence
Present vividly, surprisingly, persistently, joyfully, simply.

Present through any brokenness
I might feel,
Cradling, gazing, holding.

Mother of God,
Tenderly present in fractured disruption,
Pray for us.


Mother of God of Tenderness, by David Grossart, is in the Lady Chapel of Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, with thanks to the artist for his permission and his insightful creativity.

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