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Saturday, March 02, 2013

On Psalm 23 and Being a Sheep - Video

Some time ago I wrote a poem based on Psalm 23 called On Psalm 23 and Being a Sheep... Well, I'm now excited to say that I have created a video version of that poem!

This is the first video of this kind that I've made, so I'd love any feedback on it - it has certainly taken quite some time to do, particularly as I have a full time "normal" job and a family, so finding time to work on it hasn't always been easy.

As well as just watching the video, here are some suggestions for some fun activities that you may like to try...

  • Read Psalm 23 - The poem and video are, obviously, based on imagining what someone may have been thinking about that psalm, and, after all, he was a little confused about some things, at least at first. So why not look up Psalm 23 in your own Bible and read it for yourself?
  • Colouring page - (or "coloring" page, if you're American!) - I've created a colouring page that you can print out and colour in - then, if you like, you can pin the picture up somewhere so you have a regular reminder of your Shepherd :)
  • Draw your on picture - Rather than (or as well as) printing out my picture, why not draw your own picture of the Good Shepherd?
  • Hide and seek - I've created a little hide and seek game based on the video - there are ten things for you to try to find that appear somewhere in the video. There is also a document with the answers.
  • Hold your own show - Of course, you can share the video with your friends, etc. if you want to, or watch it with them, but why not see if you can hold your own show? You could make some characters and use them to act the story just like I did in the video - as you can see, it doesn't even matter if people can see your hands holding the characters. You could base your show on my poem (like in the video), or you could base it on the actual psalm, or you could make up your own words.

Thanks for watching and God bless :)

p.s. You may also like to read some of my other poems...


tiff said...

Hi Mark,

This resource is WONDERFUL! I can appreciate the amount of time you took to put this together because I myself did a paper slide show (not nearly as detailed as yours and it took hours). Thank you for all of your hard work to spread the truth of God's word to little children. This is such an effective tool to teach them with. I especially like the kid-friendly version of Psalm 23 you included at the end - LOVE IT.

I am going to be teaching this story at our church's summer camp and I will be using this video for sure - it is perfect for young learners! Thanks again for all y our efforts!

Mark H said...

Thank you for the lovely thank you - it's true that it did take many hours to make, but it was fun :)

I hope and pray that the children at your camp will be blessed and encouraged by it.

At the moment I'm working on a different kind of video project, but once that's done, I'm hoping to do some more of these kind, so maybe there'll be something else in the future that you can use too.

p.s. For some reason your comment appeared twice, so I deleted the duplicate.

Carolyn said...

Wonderfully simple presentation of this beloved Psalm. God bless you.

Mark H said...

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I'm teaching the youth at my church about Jesus being our good shepherd, and wanted an engaging intro using Psalm 23 to lead us into the topic. Your video is everything I could hope for: witty, charming, and true. Thank you for your hard work! Some teens in Southern California will be benefiting from it soon!

Mark H said...

Thanks for your kind words - I pray that the video and your teaching prove a blessing to them :)

Anonymous said...

Using your vid at our informal service this morning! Thank you its brilliant!

Mark H said...

Great and thanks - hope it was a blessing :)

Anonymous said...

Christus Jesus and God our realy Dad and Mom....Love and Peace...all we need we can find in Psalm 23....Thank you and God will bless you always

ingie v said...

I sent am email asking you for a dvd copy if possible. ..is it possible?

Mark H said...

Hi ingie v,

I didn't receive an email from you - can you post another comment with your email address so I can contact you directly? I'll delete the comment rather than publishing it so that it doesn't appear on this page.