Reflections. They are rarely an “exact” representation. The medium the image is reflected onto bears the marks that alter the original image. Even still we can see in the reflection what is represented. Moses imperfectly reflects God’s glory to the people, but he does reflect God’s glory. (Exodus 34) Paul remarks those who follow Jesus are by the Spirit being changed from one degree of glory to the next. As imperfectly as implied, Jesus followers are becoming more accurate reflections of the glory of God. Even if by small degree after small degree.
If Isaiah 6 suggests a way forward for a theology of absence, Exodus 34 and 2 Corinthians 3 may point to a theology of reflections. What do you think?