The Shepherd’s Gift

Lovely music from The Nativity Story

The shepherd earlier in this film told Mary and Joseph of how we are each given a gift, and that for Mary it is what grows inside her. When Mary asks him what gift he has, he says that all he has is the hope of waiting for one. But then, as Jesus is born, we see the shepherd coming forth and stretching his hand to touch Jesus…he pulls away his shaking hand at the last moment. However Mary says, he is all for all mankind. The shepherd touches Jesus’ small face, and is filled with emotion. We are each given a gift, she says to him.
Indeed we are.

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