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The Milkmaid and the Musician

This charming parable encourages us to offer the Agape love of God to ourselves.


  • Concept: A milkmaid runs a popular dairy stand. But it is so popular, there is no milk left for her at the end of the day. This leaves her malnourished and run down. A wandering musician teaches her that in order to service her customers effectively, she must take care of herself. This story is a lesson in caring for our own well being so that we can better care for others.
  • Story Origin: Original
  • Setting: A country farm
  • Precept(s): We must love ourselves before we can truly effectively love others.
  • Key Bible Verse: 1Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


  • Written and Narrated by Dana Buck
  • Devotional Thoughts Narrated by Kim Pratt
  • Produced by Beneath Blue Skies Productions
  • Music Credit: “Midnight Tales”, “Thatched Villages”, “Finding Movement”, “Winter Chimes” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


Sew Powerful Parables will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and offer you a new way to experience God’s truth. Jesus often used parables to communicate His most important messages. Dana Buck picks up that tradition in a poetic, rhyming style that makes listening easy and enjoyable. All ages will love these stories full of memorable characters, insightful lessons and just plain fun.

After retiring from a 38-year career with the Christian non-profit organization, World Vision, Dana Buck now devotes himself full time to writing, speaking, and mentoring. His Sew Powerful Parables continue to grow in popularity as they charm audiences, readers and listeners. He is a Charter Board member for the nonprofit organization Sew Powerful, where he lends his expertise to further their mission of combating extreme poverty by training, equipping and empowering women and girls in the developing world. Dana resides in the greater Seattle area with his wife Grace and their neurotic cat. They have two children, Jared and Alyssa, and Alyssa is married to son-in-law, Ivan. No grandchildren yet, but Ivan and Alyssa do own and share their beautiful grand-dog, Odin. Reach Dana with comments or suggestions at