The Belon-Ning Tree

This is a picture book. It can be in rhyme or not rhyming (I have written two versions). Contact me to read the script.


Lamb is sleeping by his ancient tree when he is woken by a squawking parade of parrots. He notices a shy little sparrow who doesn’t join in with the others. Lamb finds out Sparrow can’t sing because he doesn’t know the words and doesn’t fit in in. Lamb tells Sparrow he will find his song if he follows Him to the Sing-Song Tree. (“Do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows”- Matthew 10:31. “Behold the Lamb of God”-John 1:29. “I will sing to the Lord a new song”- Psalm 96:1.)

Next, Lamb finds a mole who has lost his sight, home, family and mind. Lamb licks his eyes (“He spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud”- John 9:6), and promises to take him to the Fam- Lee Tree (“God sets the lonely in familes”- Psalm 68:6).

They continue on their journey and come across a squirrel, who has no food for the winter. Lamb tells squirrel about the Yum-Yum tree full of berries. (“They shall hunger no more..” -Revelation 7:16, “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.”- Luke 6:20, “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will not hunger’.’”-John 6:35)

The night grows dark and Lamb, Sparrow, Mole and Squirrel meet a firefly who doesn’t know how to glow so has lost his name. Lamb tells him he will find his identity at the Burr-Ning Tree. (“he said ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”- John 8:12. “You will be called by a new name”- Isaiah 62:2.)

Next, they come to a dried up lake where there is a deer crying because she has no water. Lamb tells her to follow Him to the Wart- Ring tree.(“’whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst..’”-John 4:13, “As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God”- Psalm 42:!.)

The animals come to a clearing but can’t find their trees that Lamb promised them. Lamb explains it is the same tree but it has many names (God has many names in the Bible, eg: Elohim, Yahweh, Abba, El Elyon, El Roi, El Shaddai, Yahweh Nissi, Yahweh Shalom, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Jireh, Messiah, Saviour, Emmanuel). He explains it is a royal, Magi-King tree (“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of he Lord, and a royal diadem”- Isaiah 62:3. Magi come to visit the newborn King Jesus in Matthew 2). To plant it they will need faith in the Lamb and a mustard seed (“if you have faith as small as a mustard seed..”- Matthew 17:20).

The animals plant the tree and it satisfies all of their needs (“For he has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul he has filled with what is good.”- Psalm 107:9). Lamb has finished (“Jesus said ‘It is finished’”- John 19:30) so goes to bring others (“I must bring them also”- John 10:16). As he walks away, he hears Sparrow singing a new song he has found (“He put a new song in my mouth”- Psalm 40:3).

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