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
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