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L.H. Panel - The Little Apprentice

Jesus has crawled, toddled, taken his first haltering steps, spoken his first words and is now about 6 years old. We're told he became a carpenter, like Joseph. I know, from personal experience, that to become good at anything needs a good teacher and also lots and lots of practise! Here, Joseph is patiently training Jesus in his trade, watching as his little boy miss hits several nails before starting to get them straight. I think the most profound significance of this drawing is that we are seeing Jesus nailing into a plank of wood; a foretaste of his crucifixion? On the hill the sheep are at peace, secure in the knowledge that they can trust their Shepherd; and the palm trees are a hint of Jesus' triumphant entry to Jerusalem.

Ros Baldwin 2014