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 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

The Three Little Men In the Wood

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #10 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. – Luke 6:31

Story Saying: Remember! It is Christianity to do good always – even to those who do evil to us. – Charles Dickens

Behind the Story: This story has elements of Cinderella in it, and the ending is similar to the ending of Brother and Sister, but it is still quite different and makes for a good read. One girl is good and kind while her step-sister and step-mother are bad and mean. Because her step-daughter is beautiful and lovable, and her own daughter is ugly and repulsive, the step-mother does all she can to make the kind girl’s life miserable. Despite the harsh demands that are placed on her, the kind girl never becomes bitter toward her step-sister and step-mother. She doesn’t let their cold hearts freeze her warm one. Their spite does not cause her to become selfish. Continue reading

The Frog King, or Iron Henry

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #1 (Original story / picture)

Story Scripture: That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone. – Galatians 6:10

Story Saying: Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. – Samuel Johnson

Behind the Story: “The Frog King” reminds us not to neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels (or a handsome prince) as their guests.

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Women of the Word: Rebekah

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Rebekah’s story begins in Genesis 24 when she is chosen as a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Theirs is one of the most well-known love stories in the Bible. It is an example of how all relationships should be – brought about and blessed by the hands of God. However, even though Rebekah was a beautiful woman, and Isaac loved her, their marriage was not without some problems. When they were in old age, and their two sons grown, Rebekah helped the youngest son, Jacob, deceive Isaac and stole his brother’s blessing. What can we learn from this considerate, Godly woman who was not without her flaws?

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Women of the Word: Pharaoh’s Daughter

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Along with Jochebed and Miriam, God used Pharaoh’s daughter to help preserve the life of Moses. Moses was later called by God to lead His people from slavery in Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. Even though her father wanted all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed, Pharaoh’s daughter knew this command was wrong. Exodus 2:6 says “she had compassion on him (Moses).” Read her whole story in Exodus 2:5-10. She is also mentioned in Acts 7:21-22 and Hebrews 11:24-28.

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