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Project Commentaries: Here Bring Your Wounded Hearts by Elspeth Young

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Detail of Phebe's hand
 The Apostle Paul's praise of the disciple Phoebe (found in Romans 16:1-2) inspired Elspeth to begin creating a painting of this noble  "servant of the church" whom Paul extolled as a "succourer of many, and of myself also." The detail images, right and below, give a quick glimpse of some small portions of costuming and Phoebe's hand, blocked-in and ready for layers of scumbling and color glazing.

Detail of Phebe's wrap
The verb "succor" has been used throughout both ancient and modern-day scripture to denote Christ-like compassion and active selfless service in behalf of those in special need.  Elspeth is two-thirds finished with her oil painting depicting Phoebe in the act of tenderly comforting a bereaved young woman.  

The artwork will seek to represent all who strive to "stand as witnesses of God" by being "willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort"—to "succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees" (see Mosiah 18:9 and D&C 81:5).  In other words, it is a painting echoing the timeless words of Jude:  "And of some have compassion, making a difference" (Jude 1:22).

Tags: Here Bring Your Wounded Hearts, 2011, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection

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