mirror*

This image was taken early this September in a small mountain-top chapel in Macedonia, one of the northern-most regions of Greece.

Mountains are of course traditional places to meet with God, and outside the chapel the incredible view of the sun setting over the surrounding landscape was certainly awe-inspring. However, this mirror inside – a visual anomaly in a tiny space populated with icons, candles and the smell of incense – was a kind of visual gift I hadn’t been given before.

For in this mirror we are reminded not only of St Paul’s glorious hope of moving from seeing ‘in a glass darkly’ to the revelation of seeing ‘face to face’. We are also reminded that God uses images all around us – natural, manmade, seemingly accidental – to speak to us of his love and grace on a daily basis.

This image – this tableau where Christ is overlaid on us and our vision is shaped by him – is a lens by which we might glance something of the divine; not dissimilar to the door standing ajar in St John’s vision of heaven.

In turn, the divinity that we glimpse, or which we are given glimpses of, is a framing device itself, a tool and a gift for us, walking down the mountainside and out into the world with eyes refreshed and vision reinvigorated.

*This is a guest post. Holly Slingsby is an artist who lives and works in London.

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