HOW LONG, OH LORD?
30 X 48    Gouache, chalk, pencil, ink and nail enamel on canvas
The Story Behind the Painting...
In the New Testament, the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all give an account of a woman who
suffered from uncontrollable uterine bleeding for twelve years. Her name is not revealed, nor the specifics
which caused her malady - which we can speculate as fibroids, polyps, or possibly even a malignant tumor.
At any rate, the physicians of her day were unable to successfully treat her. She had spent all of her living
consulting doctors who furnished faulty diagnoses and equally dismal treatment protocols which only
worsened her condition.

Here, I show this woman in misery, sitting on her couch. Her left hand is clutching a heating pad she has
crafted to soothe cramping. Over a decade of constant blood loss has left her weak and drained. But worst
of all, she is in a constant state of impurity. This affects her life from both a personal and public
perspective. Courtship and marriage are an elusive dream; and the thought of bearing children a cruel
mockery, for bleeding must stop for an embryo to attach and thrive in the womb.

In the corner by the window there is a vase with red flowers. In the Old Testament, a woman "in her
flowers" referred to the monthly cleansing cycle of the female reproductive system; a comparison to plant
life where the flower blooms and wilts before the fruit appears. (Fruit in this context would be human
conception - the fruit of the womb). There is also a crack in the vase; this crack represents the dysfunction
causing the continuous bleeding.

Though washed as thoroughly as possible, the lingering stains on the cloths bear witness to the malady
plaguing the woman. Their presence is not a monthly, but rather a daily reminder of her unclean status; and
a permanent component of her home's interior.

I chose lavender for the dress and pink for her shoulder wrap to emphasize her femininity. Although
suffering from anemia and fatigue, a fragile beauty shines through and she retains her dignity and poise
while clinging to hope for a cure.

Psalm 6: 2-6

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore vexed:
but thou, O LORD, how long?
Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Fortunately for our dear lady, her heartfelt prayers have been heard, and her dreary circumstances
are about to take an unanticipated turn. She is aroused from her depressive musings
by the sound of a
boisterous crowd outside...
The Woman Healed of the Issue of Blood
Worlds Bible Gallery
created by
Bible Illustrator Trenét Worlds

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