We are called to be bearers of hope…
Notice in the artwork the shepherds arrayed among the sheep. Describe what each of them is doing. What do you think this portrayal of the shepherds convey?
In the biblical passage, the angel announces to the shepherds the birth of the Messiah, and they say, "This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. "What do you think the "sign" in this story means?
One of the most famous phrases in this story refers to Mary's reaction to the events around her: "But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." What do you think Mary treasured? What did she ponder in her heart?
What are you thinking, pondering as you walk through yet another Christmas season?
In Swanson's The Shepherds, the angel hovering over the shepherds is holding a banner. What does it say? Who do you think the artist chose to place these words on a banner?
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