In the “Come, Follow Me” readings this week, we are asked to reflect on the question, “Who is my neighbor?” In his ministry, Jesus answered this pointed question with the story of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10: 29-37). Our neighbor is anyone who needs our help and love. Jesus instructs us to show mercy to everyone (Luke 10:37).
In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin reminded the people of this commandment. He urged the people to “succor those that stand in need of your succor” (Mosiah 4:16). He reminded them, “Are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have?” (Mosiah 4:19).
In this acrylic painting, artist Stephanie Kay Northrup visualizes our dependance on God and implies that we should likewise show mercy to our neighbors. Northrup says, “The bluebells represent gratitude in the Japanese language of flowers.”