Interview with Obed from Little Shepherd by Cheryl Malandrinos
Today, children’s author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos is sitting down with Obed from her picture book, Little Shepherd.
Cheryl: Hello Obed, thanks for taking some time out of your busy day to talk to me.
Obed: Yes, I am very busy. The sheep require constant care if they are to stay healthy. I also must be sure wolves and thieves do not run off with them. This would hurt our family a great deal.
Cheryl: I promise this won’t take long. Now, weren’t you witness to a great event one night.
Obed: Oh, yes! It was such an amazing and beautiful thing.
Cheryl: What happened?
Obed: Father and I were out in the fields with the others guarding our sheep. The night had gotten quite cold and I shivered inside my cloak. Suddenly, a bright light appeared, and with it, an angel of the Lord.
Cheryl: Were you scared.
Obed: Yes, very much so. I had never seen anything like it before. The others fell to their knees and put their hands up to protect their eyes from the bright light.
Cheryl: What did you do?
Obed: I was too frightened to do anything but listen. I heard the angel talk about the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem, and then many angels joined the first, singing praises to God.
They left quickly and I raced over to Father, who seemed to be very happy and at peace.
Cheryl: Did your father say anything to you?
Obed: Yes, he told me and the others that we should go to Bethlehem to visit this Savior.
Cheryl: And did you?
Obed: I did not want to go at first. Who would watch over my flock while I was away? The sheep could be stolen or eaten by hungry wolves. They might wander into the rocks and get trapped.
Cheryl: But you did go, right?
Obed: I respect my father and do as he wishes, but more than that, his wise words made me feel that I needed to go.
Cheryl: What did you find when you got there?
Obed: I am certain many of your readers already know the answer to that question, but let me say, all was as the angel had told us.
I must go now. I hear the sound of many bleating sheep in the field. I must check on my flock to be sure they are safe.
Cheryl: Thank you Obed. I appreciate your time.