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
Story Scripture: But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24
Story Saying: Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Behind the Story: John was faithful to the old king all of his days. As he lay dying, John promised to become foster-father to the old king’s young son and show him all the castle except the room that held the picture of the princess of the golden dwelling. Well, John did not exactly keep this promise. After being repeatedly pressured by the prince to do so, John opened the door to the room that held the princess’ picture and the prince immediately fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. So began their trip to find her.
We watched the Disney Channel original movie, Princess Protection Program, in 2009 and really enjoyed it because it had a great storyline and taught valuable lessons that we can all learn from. Here are three of them: