And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night…Luke 2:8
At Evermore Farm we have beef, sheep, chickens, and hogs; and also numerous cats and dogs. John and I come from a dairy farming background. So, I’m not sure why, but sheep were the first animals we added to our pastures when we established Evermore Farm. They were smaller than cattle, ate less, and I could handle them by myself.
Since then, we’ve really become fond of our sheep. It’s a beautiful sight to see the green pastures dotted with their white bodies while they graze. Few things are more peaceful than listening to a mothering ewe make low clicking sounds to her lambs as they nozzle in close to her for warmth and comfort. They also provide us with a wonderful meat that has attracted new customers and restaurant buyers to the farm.
I think sheep get a bum rap since most folks see them as being not too bright and running from everything. Actually, they have great hearing and visual senses, so they are well attuned to danger as it approaches. They do not have fangs or claws. Flight is their best line of defense. Yet, when the angels appeared to shepherds to announce the Savior’s birth, there’s no mention of them running away or quivering. They stood firm.
May we do the same in our faith in God, our fellow man, and the values of living in community. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.