Don’t take this the wrong way. But if Fairy Tales compile to give us an understanding (picture/idea/grasp) of the human condition. Then parables give us a God’s eye view of the human condition. Noting not only life as it is, but also, at the same time, life’s potentials…[think Prodigal Son]
Compiled together, the parables–The Mustard Seed, The Widow’s Mite, The Lost Sheep, The Seven Bridesmaids.
Reading these stories over and over provide windows to the self–clarifying the relationships in our lives. It plants the seeds of knowledge, it gives us the broad scope of life, while allowing us to fill in the details of our own lives.
This is why I read fairy tales theologically, parables practically and reread as much as possible….
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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3 thoughts on “Parables are Godly Fairy Tales”
I think everyone loves a good story. I know I always write a part for myself in any parable being told. It makes it real.
I love looking for Jesus in every story. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Uppity and Untouchable Darcy (the way we view Jesus before we know Him) makes a “mess” of everyone’s lives. About the time you’d like to gouge his eyes out, he declares his love for Miss Bennett (this would be us!). He then continues to interfere and mess things up – but in the end, you realize that he had everyone’s best in mind all along (Romans 8:28). The final scene is of the two of them deciding what her new name will be (Revelation 2:17). Now if that isn’t the Bible in action, I don’t know what is!
Love your posts!
Thank You for Reading! I love your analysis of Pride and Prejudice!! I love it when Christ shines through our humanity!!!