This is my last blog of the series. It’s bittersweet, because I have thoroughly enjoyed it! And yet I know my heart is in other writing projects right now…or should be. It is no small endeavor to write…
But this has been such a delightful, wild, wonderful, ride! Kind of like meeting a mermaid would be, full of surprises and sometimes a little tragic. This is actually the first of my blogs that has given me inspiration for a future novel on mermaids (all my other story inspirations were inspired apart from my blog). Or, rather, it’s the first blog God has used to inspire a story in my heart. I look forward to sharing that with you in the (far distant) future.
We began with our “lessons,” which followed us throughout most of the tales. We talked of meaningful mermaids like Selina, whose stories made sense of the chaotic world around them. Next, we covered historical mermaids, whose first category was our kidnapped mermaids, including the true story of Guðríður, who made sense of the senseless kidnapping that has happened on coastal towns for centuries.
Then we entered history and talked about the priestess mermaids, whom I’m convinced were based off of flesh-and-blood women who clashed with Christianity. But some of these sea maidens recognized the Truth…and yet they were often still denied salvation. These real tales morphed over time into lovely tales such as Undine. Each category was filled with sorrows and joys, triumphs and tragedies.
Throughout the stories, we tackled the question of whether a mermaid could be saved, and how to turn from a “worldly mermaid” into a “godly mermaid.” We saw time and again these questions depended on our relationship with Christ – whether we’d rely on him to answer our questions of worth, or if we’d let the world do so.
And in each, we got a look into the Divine Intention of the Mermaid Stories. It’s the intention of all stories, really, and the reason I blog about them…
They give a glimpse into the heart of our loving Savior who is wooing us through them.
One Last Mermaid Tale
I want to leave you with one more mermaid tale: The Siren by Kiera Cass. It’s a wonderful story, and clean, which some mermaid stories aren’t. Those of you who have followed the blog will have a hint at how some of the events will unfold; but it has many lovely twists and turns that delightfully surprised me.
And I do consider myself a quasi-professional on mermaids now!
But you should definitely read it! I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t be blogging about it.
I hope you enjoyed the series, and I pray you continue to fight to be a “godly mermaid,” living full and joyous lives in this difficult world. And remember! you can always save the mermaid…