Tag Archives: Savior

The “Horrors” of Childbirth 

Women looooooove to dwell on their birth horror stories.  And honestly, to someone who hasn’t gone through labor yet (both men and women), everything seems like a horror story.  It sounds painful, dehumanizing, and just plain awful.   I grew to despise this fear-mongering type of conversation before I was pregnant, and I avoid it like […]

Undine’s Spirit Warfare

Undine, Huldbrand, and Bertalda embark down the Danube.  Immediately, Kuhleborn begins his “teasing tricks,” and Undine constantly has to “rebuke” the waves and winds “so that the pleasure of the little party was completely destroyed.”  Even their trusted servants begin to look at them “with suspicious glances.” Rather than grateful, Huldbrand is resentful, developing an […]

The Lovely (and Wild) Undine – Part 1

She “knew she was created for God’s praise and glory….She was therefore baptized ‘Undine,’ and during the sacred ceremony she behaved with great propriety and sweetness, wild and restless as she invariably was at other times.”[1]  This is my favorite “mermaid” story!  It was written in 1811 by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, a French […]

Better Than a Fairy Tale

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” ~ Ephesians 2:4-5 “I cannot live without seeing Snow White. I will honor and prize her as my dearest possession.” […]

Vilfridr’s Vindication

“For the LORD will vindicate His people, and will have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their strength is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.” ~ Deuteronomy 32:36 We left Vilfridr last week in a state of contentment.  Not joy, mind you; merely content.  Her strength was “gone,” because she […]

Vilfridr’s Salvation

“Vilfridr soon felt the pangs of the tightening belt, and after suffering dreadful tortures and agonies, was found in a death-swoon by the dwarfs, when they came home.”[1] “When she awoke, she asked where the dwarfs were.  Of this the king knew nothing.  He now walked, at Vilfridr’s request, a little way along the shore […]

Vilfridr’s Foolish Disobedience

“As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”   The people replied, “We will certainly not abandon the Lord to worship other gods!  For the Lord our God brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt”  ~ Joshua 24:15b-17a, The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. They worshiped […]

Prometheus: The Need for a Savior

“But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.” ~ Isaiah 53:5 The concept of a savior is dear to every culture.  Whether it’s Herakles (i.e. Hercules) or Superman, every culture in every time period recognizes the […]