The Very Thought Of Thee by Elspeth Young

The Very Thought Of Thee


{ The Messiah }
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Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty!  Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!

1 Nephi 1:14

The story behind The Very Thought Of Thee

The title of this painting derives from a declaration by the 11th century cleric, Bernard of Clairvaux:   Jesus, the very thought of Thee with sweetness fills my breast; but sweeter far Thy face to see, and in Thy presence rest.  O Hope of every contrite heart, O Joy of all the meek, to those who fall, how kind Thou art! how good to those who seek!  O Jesus! light of all below!/Thou fount of life and fire! surpassing all the joys we know, and all we can desire.

The portrait is inspired by the following declaration of a latter-day Apostle:  Referring to the words of Pilate, when he presented the scourged Messiah to the multitude, Behold the man! (John 19:5), Dieter Uchtdorf promises that those who find a way to truly behold the Man find the doorway to life's greatest joys and the balm to life's most demanding despairs.  So, when you are encompassed by sorrows and grief, behold the Man.  When you feel lost or forgotten, behold the Man.  When you are despairing, deserted, doubting, damaged, or defeated, behold the Man.  He will comfort you.  He will heal you and give meaning to your journey.  He will pour out His Spirit and fill your heart with exceeding joy.  He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  When we truly behold the Man, we learn of Him and seek to align our lives with Him.  We repent and strive to refine our natures and daily grow a little closer to Him.  We trust Him.  We show our love for Him by keeping His commandments and by living up to our sacred covenants.  In other words, we become His disciples....as we behold the man, we will find meaning, joy, and peace in this earthly life and eternal life in the world to come.  ("Behold the Man!" April 2018 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
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From the Newsroom


Elspeth C. Young completes new oil painting - "The Very Thought Of Thee"

By Al R. Young The Very Thought Of Thee is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.

Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of prints--if any are available.... Read more »

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