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

Women of the Word: Hannah

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In 1 Samuel chapters 1-2, we read the story of Hannah who was married to a man name Elkanah who loved her very much even though she could not have any children for him. Elkanah also had another wife name Peninnah who did have children. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Instead of being envious or growing bitter, below are three things that Hannah did which pleased the Lord and caused Him to bless her greatly.

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