Saturday, May 17, 2014

Psalms for Children Series

I found this old series from the '80's based on the Psalms by Elspeth Campbell Murphy that I love. It's called The David and I Talk to God Series. I first found them through my library network, and then I ordered some on Amazon.

"Sometimes I'm Good, Sometimes I'm Bad: Psalm 1 for Children"

Although I prefer to specify that kids are not "good or bad" but have good or bad behavior, I still like the message of the book. 

"When I do bad things, I feel a bit like chaff in the wind. Do you know what chaff is, God? It's that stuff that covers a grain of wheat. When the wheat is picked, the chaff just blows away. When I'm bad, I feel like chaff twirling this way and that in the wind with nothing to hold on to. And that's kind of scary...when I do good things, it's like I hang on tight to you, the way a tree hangs on tight to the ground. The roots go deep, deep into the earth, and the tree grows high, high into the sky."

"Sometimes I Get Lonely: Psalm 42 for Children"

This story is told in the form of a prayer to God by a young girl who tells God about the times she feels lonely like when there are only grown ups around or when she fights with her friend.

"You're a special kind of friend. And even though I can't see you, I know you are with me on the playground and at my house, and in my classroom, and everywhere I go. Sometimes I think you are calling to me. But not like my friend who calls from across the street. It's not that I hear your voice with my ears. I hear you inside my head."

"Sometimes I Need to Be Hugged: Psalm 84 for Children"

This story is told in the form of a prayer to God by a young boy whose conversational style encourages children to talk to God as if he were like any other person to talk to. This young child came home after a tough day and was comforted by his mom at the end of the day.

"And I was sure the teacher would pick me for 'Helper of the Day.' But she didn't. And I didn't think I would spill a whole jar of point. But I did...I told mom all about it when I got home. She put her arms around me and said, 'Cheer up honey. Tomorrow's another day.' Suddenly I didn't feel so tired anymore, and I knew everything was going to be all right. And that's the way I feel when I remember how much you love me."

If you're looking for picture books for children about prayer or Christian living vs. the traditional Bible stories, I recommend this series. Children and adults can gain wisdom and understanding from the simple messages.