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 →
I find it interesting that when reading about the kings of Judah and Israel in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, the mothers of these kings are often mentioned. One of the first queen mothers that we looked at was Abijah or Abi. She was the mother of the 13th king of Judah, Hezekiah, and is mentioned in the Old Testament books of 2 Kings 18:2 and 2 Chronicles 29:1. Abi’s son did what was right in the sight of the Lord and is remembered as being a good and godly king. Below are fourteen other women who were also mothers of kings. Did their sons turn out as well as Hezekiah?
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
– Psalm 91:10-11
This passage isn’t saying God’s people will never experience evil. But when evil does come upon us, it will be turned into something good. Present painful events will be turned into future moments of joy.
In every negative situation, we can believe God for protection and eventually deliverance. Though Satan seeks to destroy us, God has given His angels guardianship over us and the powers of hell cannot hurt us without Heaven’s permission.
Disease, disaster, and death may surround us, but we do not have to fear. As long as we keep the faith, no depravity will touch us. If we stumble, angels will catch us. They will keep us from falling.
At home, at school, or at work; whether sleep or awake; God’s angels will guard us wherever we go.
So most everyone knows by now that we love stories. Love is an understatement. We really love stories (especially ones that include fighting Wizards and fearless Hobbits) … but we like fairy tales, too.
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV
Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.
– Henry Van Dyke