by Connor Harris
Many times inspiration is visual, as it is in this sculpture. Truly, a photo is worth a thousand words! When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, I noticed that my mother had made this her background photo on her computer screen. As she looked at the photo every day, it provided the much needed comfort she desired at the time.
The original life-size sculpture of “Come Unto Me” by Jerry Anderson was unveiled 20 years ago with expectations of being a comfort to grieving families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Taking more than a year to make, the original bronze monument stands in the grand foyer of the Spilsbury Mortuary in St. George, Utah. It has become a scenic attraction in addition to a comfort to many families at a most tender time of their lives.
The portrayal of an aged woman’s body, returning to it’s symbolic prime, portrays the spiritual journey from mortality to immortality and into the arms of our savior; an eternal destiny, that all mankind lives eternally.
Looking back over the past few years, it makes sense that my mother would find comfort from this beautiful image. I hope to one day visit St. George where I can experience the “Come Unto Me” life-size sculpture which has brought comfort and has lifted the hearts of many!
Jesus said, “In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way I am going.” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” “Because I live, you will live also.”
John 14:2-6, 19
Yours in Christ, Connor