This window shows the Annunciation of the Shepherd. The Angel of the Lord is announcing to the Shepherds that the Son of God has been born in Bethlehem. The Shepherd is standing with a crook in his hand; the other person is kneeling with a lamb in his arms. A richly robed Angel with a scepter suggests the glory of the Lord. God could have honored kings, generals, or religious leaders with the announcement of this glorious message to humanity. Instead, the Angel's message of the birth of Christ was given to lowly shepherds.
Jesus came not to benefit the self-righteous rulers, but on behalf of the humble, lowly sinners like shepherds, tax collectors, and prostitutes who recognized their unworthiness and cried out to God for forgiveness. All who repent and turn from their sin, putting their faith in Jesus Christ, shall be saved.
"An angel of the Lord appeared [to the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
The Speer window was a gift of Charles E. Speer in memory of Betty Morrow Speer (1802-1887) and James Ramsey Speer (1796-1891).