"Shema" - Original Artwork by Laura Donworth

- Laura Donworth

- Laura Donworth

"Shema"

Linocut Block Prints

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

It is a high call that God gives us- to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. When thinking about this piece, I was challenged with the question- what does this truly look like for us? I decided to explore the idea through various figurative poses, representing the attitude of each of these types of love.

The first image represents loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. The figures pose is based on the story of Mary in the gospel of Mark chapter 14, where she anoints Christ’s feet and washes them with her hair. For me, Mary’s unrestrained and vulnerable action in this passage has always been a model of utmost love for Christ.

The second image is to represent a love for God with all your strength. It is reminiscent of Ruth gleaning in the fields, committing herself to God’s will through the work of her body. So often I forget that my body, the way I treat it and the way I use it on a daily basis, are a way that I can love God.

The third image is to represent loving your neighbor as yourself, as Christ reminds us in Luke 10 through the story of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan goes out of his way to comfort the stranger and to be generous to him. By having mercy on him, he was a neighbor to him. Christ challenges us to do the same- “Go and do likewise.”