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A Crankie Bible Story for Psalm 23 by The Scripture Lady

A Crankie Bible story for Psalm 23 by The Scripture Lady using a creative form of storytelling that goes back to the 19th century.

My Crankie Bible story for Psalm 23 was written and produced to help your children learn more about this beloved psalm through the use of “crankie” storytelling.

What is a “crankie” you may ask?

A crankie is an old storytelling art form, popular in the 19th century. Start with a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing screen. Then the scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, or a tune is played or a song is sung.

Here are pictures of my brand new crankie made just for me by my two good friends, Rev. Barney Kinard and Ed Lynn:

I can’t tell you how excited I am to debut this form of storytelling in my Easter Bible programs! So far, the response has been very encouraging. From watching the children’s eyes glow as they are fixed to the moving scroll to the great responses from the teachers, I have been very blessed these last few weeks. But then my opportunities to share my crankie came to a screeching halt when all my schools and churches shut down due to COVID-19.

However, because I am offering FREE Bible Video Lessons for 7 more weeks (at least) you will get to have access to the video presentation of this sweet story IF you subscribe to the FREE Bible Video Lessons by CLICKING HERE. If you’ve already subscribed, you are good to go and will have access to this new video on Friday, March 27th when the second week of Bible Video Lessons begin.

Take a look at a sample of this story:

My Crankie Bible story for Psalm 23 will be perfect to add to your Easter devotions this year. Especially during this difficult time, we need to remember that Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He even laid down His life for us, His sheep.

Before writing this story, I listened to several sermons on Psalm 23. I also purchased the extraordinary book by Philip Keller on Psalm 23 entitled A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.  This book really opened my eyes to the life of a good shepherd and how he takes great and loving care of his sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He is always good to us and is always doing what is best for us.

After studying a bit, I was ready to write a little story about a shepherd and his little sheep. The story line follows closely the stanzas of Psalm 23.

Here’s a sample of the story:

Once there was a little lamb

Wandering in the pastures so green

She loved the bright sun on her face

And how all the pretty flowers gleemed

She was a happy little lamb

Because she had a Shepherd who was good

“The Lord is my shepherd,” the little lamb bleated.

And all who heard her understood.

For all the other little lambs and sheep

Knew their Shepherd was the best in the land

They never wanted for anything

He gave them all they needed from His loving hand

When it was time to lie down

And take a little rest

The Shepherd led His little lambs to a bright green field

All the sheep thought it was the best

And through the green pasture

A quiet river ran very still

Just perfect to drink from

With just a slight chill

Our little lamb was happy

And content to walk by her Shepherd’s side

Until one day she wandered away

Into a brown field full of flowers that had died

The little lamb bleated,

“Bah – bah – bah!”

The Shepherd heard His little lamb

And led her back to the flock, which made her glad

The little lamb said, “The Shepherd rescued me!”

“He restored my soul. Hooray!”

Now I’m back on the path I should have been on.

Doing what’s right is always the best way.

Some days the Shepherd took His sheep

To a valley that was low

The valley was always dark with shadows

It was hard for the sheep to know where to go

But the little lamb was learning

That if she stayed by the Shepherd’s side

He would lead her carefully through

Even if it was dark and even if she cried

The little lamb was also learning

That she didn’t have to be afraid

The Good Shepherd would protect her

Even though strange animals might be hungry to snatch her away

The Shepherd carried a rod and a staff

They were His tools to protect the sheep

This made the sheep feel safe and sound

Even when they were asleep

So, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe to my FREE Bible Video Lessons so that you can get this Crankie Bible story for Psalm 23 for your kids. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE.

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