The nativity scene is traditionally depicted joyfully, but with modern hindsight I see the event with mixed emotions. I created this piece in three sections to convey the witnesses’ progressive understanding of what this child might represent. It begins with a hushed questioning at a miraculous event they do not yet fully understand. The second section is like a prophetic flash of what is to come, the sudden realization of what being the messiah means for the life and death of this innocent child. Finally, the piece ends with a soothing lullaby. Even if the future holds tragedy, we can focus on the present, the beauty of new life, and the more distant hope of the future.