Cinderella

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #19 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35

Story Saying: Always be a little kinder than necessary. – James M. Barrie

Behind the Story: Few would dispute that Cinderella is the queen of fairy tales. Hardly any other fairy tale has been so widely read, loved, or adapted. And perhaps that is because of the story’s overarching theme of kindness. Before she dies, Cinderella’s mother tells her, “Dear child, be good and pious, and then the good God will always protect you.” Cinderella does not fail in obeying her mother’s last words. She remains pious and good towards everyone and everything that comes into her life, including her mean stepmother and step-sisters. Continue reading

The Valiant Little Tailor

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #18 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. – Jeremiah 17:7

Story Saying: If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything. – Katy Perry

Behind the Story: Straight away, this fairy tale reminds me of the story of David in the Bible. With his bare hands and a small stone, David killed a lion, a bear, and the giant Goliath. With a shrewd mind and quick thinking, the little tailor outsmarted an entire gang of giants, caused two more giants to kill themselves, and caught a wild unicorn and a wild boar. After being asked to perform a number of seemingly impossible feats, both David and the little tailor married king’s daughters. By escaping through a window, David avoided being murdered by King Saul’s men. By pretending to be asleep, the little tailor avoided being murdered by the king’s servants. Continue reading

The White Snake

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #17 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. – Luke 6:31

Story Saying: Sooner or later in life, we will all take our own turn being in the position we once had someone else in. – Ashly Lorenzana

Behind the Story: This story begins by telling of how a king was famous throughout the entire land on account of his wisdom (à la King Solomon). This king, however, did not get his wisdom from God. Every day after dinner, a trusty servant brought him one covered dish. No one knew what was in the dish because the king always waited to eat of it until he was alone. One day, curiosity got the best of the trusty servant and he took the dish to his room and uncovered it. He found a white snake inside and decided to taste a little bit of it. As soon as he did so, he was given the power of understanding the language of animals. Continue reading

Hansel and Grethel (more commonly known as Gretel)

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #16 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31:8

Story Saying: When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God’s past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. – Author Unknown

Behind the Story: Here is yet another popular fairy tale that nearly everyone has heard more than once. There are many different variations of this story, but I particularly love the original because it features a house made of sweets with windows of clear sugar. How delicious! What imagination! But it is not without a bit of darkness. I remember the first time my youngest brother and sister watched a cartoon version of Hansel and Grethel and they were so frightened of the ugly witch with her crooked nose zooming back and forth on a broom and cackling about her plans to stuff the poor children in an oven and roast them whole. The horror! But before we get to the witch, there are a few things we can learn from the other characters. Continue reading

Cat and Mouse In Partnership

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #15 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me. – Psalm 41:9

Story Saying: A fake friend is an enemy in disguise. – Ellen J. Barrier

Behind the Story: A cat and a mouse considered themselves such great friends that they decided to live and keep house together. They bought a pot of fat to store up for the winter when food would be scarce, and decided to keep it underneath the church altar because it would be safe from thieves there. After some time, the cat had a great yearning to taste the fat, so she told the mouse that her cousin had asked her to be godmother to her new-born kitten and she had to attend its christening. The mouse consented and agreed to stay at home and keep house while the cat went out. In reality, the cat had no cousin, was not asked to be anyone’s godmother, and there was no christening to attend. The cat sneaked off to the church and licked the top of the pot of fat off. Continue reading

The Three Snake-Leaves

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #14 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. – Ecclesiastes 5:5

Story Saying: Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them. – Stephen Richards

Behind the Story: In this story, the son of a poor man becomes a valiant warrior in the king’s army and then becomes a prince when he marries the king’s beautiful, but strange, daughter. After a while, the princess falls sick and dies. To keep a vow that he made to her, the prince is buried alive with her corpse. When two snakes enter the royal vault in which they are bolted, the prince is alarmed. After cutting one of the snakes in three pieces, the second snake revives it with three green leaves. The prince uses these same leaves to bring the princess back from the dead. Instead of being grateful for being restored to life, the princess no longer loves her husband and while on a voyage, she and her skipper lover murder him by throwing him into the sea. Thankfully, the prince’s faithful servant saw everything and used the three snake leaves to bring his master back. When the king found out the evil actions of his daughter, he had her and her lover placed in a ship pierced with holes and sent out to sea, where they soon sank amid the waves. Continue reading

Mother Holle

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #13 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. – Ephesians 6:7

Story Saying: Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Behind the Story: When we give of our money or time or some material possession do we give expecting to receive something in return? When we serve others do we do it to be seen? In the fairy tale story of Mother Holle, one girl (pretty and industrious) helped an old woman because she had a good heart and was not looking to gain anything from her kindness. The second girl (ugly and idle) helped an old woman – but only for a short time – because she wanted to be showered with golden rain. Continue reading

The Riddle

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #12 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7

Story Saying: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. – Grant M. Bright

Behind the Story: First, the synopsis (via Wikipedia) – There once was a prince who decided to go on a journey with his servant. In a dark forest, they came to a small house, where a maiden warned them that her stepmother was a witch who disliked strangers, but unfortunately, there was nowhere else for shelter. The prince and his servant reluctantly entered the witch’s house, but before they went to bed, the maiden warned the prince and his servant not to eat or drink anything the witch gave them because it might be poisonous. The next morning, the witch gave the prince’s servant a poisonous drink, telling him to give it to his master, but the servant ended up spilling it on the prince’s horse, killing it. When he told the prince what had happened and they came to the dead horse, a raven was already eating the corpse. Deciding they may not find better food that day, the servant killed the bird and took it with him. Next, they reached an inn and the servant gave the innkeeper the raven to make food of it. Unknown to the prince and his servant, the inn was really a robbers’ den. The robbers returned, and, before killing the travelers, sat down to eat. Immediately after eating a few bites of the raven soup the innkeeper had prepared, the robbers fell down dead from the poison that the raven had in its body. The innkeeper’s daughter then showed the prince and his servant the robbers’ hidden treasure, but the prince insisted that the daughter keep it. Continue reading

The Three Spinners

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #11 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: …The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7

Story Saying: That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste. – John Green

Behind the Story: Once there was a woman who had a daughter who was very idle and would not spin. No matter what she said, the woman could not get her daughter to spin. One day, the woman became very angry and beat the girl. It just so happened that the queen was driving by, and when she heard the girl crying she stopped her carriage and went inside the house. The woman was ashamed to tell the queen that she was beating her daughter because she was idle. Instead, she lied and said that she was beating her daughter because she was such a good spinner and would not stop, but because the mother was poor, she could not afford to buy flax. Continue reading