God with us

Before creation commenced

A word was spoken,

not into being


Eve walked with Him in her paradise

Abram fed Him,

Jacob wrestled Him

Moses met Him,

Joshua encountered Him

Shadrach stood with Him


But you will know Him in the Christ-child

God with us

The Plan A before creation commenced


The God who would be with us

No matter what we do to the King of glory

Nor what others might do to his kin


“My presence will go with you and I will give you rest”

“You shall call his name Immanuel. God with us”

“Behold I am with you to the very end of the age”

(Sam Wells lecture: 10.1.17 – outside Auchwitz)



This series of post are poetry written at Auschwitz-Berkenau during a rescreen-shot-2017-01-12-at-12-03-02treat 75 years after gas was first used in the ‘final solution’ to exterminate the Jews.

The group was led by some remarkable people, including a German RC priest, Fr Manfred who had remained there for 25+ years since writing his phD on the holocaust.

Bible reflections were given by Sam Wells and Pete Wilcox, and when poetry owes its origins to their lectures they are credited as such.