|5" PETER BOY W/SHEEP FIGURE|
|FONTANINI 5" FIGURES|
Peter was a young shepherd with the smallest of flocks. He tended to only three sheep, but he was devoted to them. Although it was a lonely job, Peter often felt there was somehow another presence with him helping with his charges. One of heaven's littlest angels, Adina, was the guardian of Peter's sheep. Although she was unseen, she was never far.
Peter's flock included two ewes and a ram. The youngest ewe was called Taleh, and she was Peter's favorite. She had always been the one that was lost or tangled in brambles, but as she grew Taleh found trouble less often and became a wonderful companion to Peter. Through the fall and winter, Peter would watch hisewes for signs that lambs would be born in the spring but year after year Peter's hopes for a larger herd would be dashed. He was troubled by this and worried about the future. One night when his concerns filled even his dreams, Peter was startled by a light more brilliant than any he had ever seen. An angel appeared and awoke not only Peter and his flock, but all of the Holy Land's shepherds and sheep.
Tjhen the angel said to them "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of a great joy, which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you; You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
When the angels had left, Peter knew he must see this newborn Savior. He led his sheep toward Bethlehem with Adina watching over them. When they arrived, the stable was crowded with those who also had heard the news. Each was presenting the Baby Jesus with a gift. As Peter approached the manger, he suddenly realized he had nothing to give and was filled with sadness. He was about to walk quietly away when Adina whispered an idea to him. With that, Peter smiled. He approached the manger and placed his beloved Taleh at the foot of the manger. The Baby looked at Adina and Peter smiled with gratitude. Peter was wrapped in a feeling of calm and for a time his worries about the future of his flock now numbering only two were gone.
Before the concerns could return and again cloud Peter's mind, spring arrived and with it the birth of two little lambs. As time went on, Peter's worries never returned because each year his flock increased in number until the sheep in his care stretched out almost as far as the eye could see.
- Item #: 54049
- Manufacturer: House Of Fontanini - Italy