I was doing other work, but I had to stop when I saw this article about the “shepherds” who came to see Jesus.
However, in a biblical times like today, preteen girls are usually shepherds. Sometimes they shepherd with an even younger brother sitting on the donkey with her. They lead the family’s flocks for 20 or more miles from home to find food.
The article goes on to give an excellent and poignant description of how a real set of sheep followed one modern shepherd girl, highlighting the difference between sheep and goats, and urging us to both follow like sheep and to recognize the voice of our heavenly shepherd.
It’s a great article, but it reminded me of Megan Rebeckah Cupit’s The Promise, which tells the story of another young shepherd girl whose trip back from the sheepfold was interrupted by news that would transform history.
“Hail, highly favored one. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” … “You will bring forth a Son, and you will call his name Jesus.”