On Happily-Ever-After…

January 30, 2011

Tell me, did Cinderella live happily ever after without a struggle?  Did Sleeping Beauty live happily ever after without a trauma?  Did Rapunzel live happily ever after without grief?  Did Hansel and Gretel live happily ever after without deprivation?  Did Jack and the beanstalk live happily ever after without risk?  Did Thumbelina live happily ever after without sacrifice?  Are there an fairy tales without any dragons?

Where in the world, then, did we ever get the notion that to live happily ever after means to live without trouble?  For when we look at fairy tales we find it’s not the absence of dragons – but the taming of dragons – that ushers in happily ever after. 

By Brenda Wilbee, from my Women’s Devotional Bible

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