cjphipps - collage work

©2002 Carol J. Phipps

Both the collage of “Shepherd” and “Shepherdess” are the result of reflection on another torn paper collage entitled, “The Beloved.” “The Beloved,” is like an icon of the Shepherd; symbolic and formal in style. I reworked a digital version of the original using Adobe software and created “Shepherdess,” and then “The Shepherd,” making their appearance more human and contemporary in style. The Shepherd became a primary metaphor for Creator God as care giver. God’s servants throughout the Bible are gifted to be care givers and shepherd; gifted for various kinds of leadership, and ministries of helps; the Spirit of God gifted individuals to protect, defend, feed, rescue spiritual flocks. God calls Godself a Shepherd. “Like a shepherd the Lord God will come and tend His flock. In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” (Isaiah 40:11; also see Psalm 23:1; Ezekiel 34:12-15). Jesus of Nazareth called himself “the Good Shepherd” echoing Isaiah 40 (John 10:11, 14). The early Christian Church looked to the Spirit of Jesus as the Good Shepherd as seen in Hebrews 13:20 and 1 Peter 2:25; 5:4. In the biblical book of Genesis, chapter 29, we are told that Rachel was a shepherd caring for her father’s sheep. It was not uncommon for girls and women to have responsibility for caring the family flock.

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