Fairy Tales: Redemption Revealed



Frederick Buechner (renown writer and theologian) once wrote that every age has produced fairy tales. Something inside us believes, or wants to believe that the world as we know it is not the whole story. We long for the re-enchantment of reality. We hope that death is not the end, that the universe is something more than an enclosed terrarium. We want a story that “holds the promise of another world.”  A common theme of fairy tales is that the enchanted world is not far away. You step into the wardrobe and you’re in Narnia. You walk through the forest and stumble on a cottage with seven dwarfs. This other world is closer than you thought.

Furthermore, fairy tales are not just stories about transformation of the world around us. They are usually about the transformation of the central characters: frogs become princes, ugly ducklings become swans, wooden marionettes become real boys. These are all features, Buechner says, that the gospel has in common with fairy tales, with one great difference: The gospel is true.

Another world really does exist, there really is another dimension, people truly are transformed.

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:16).


Janet Ballard, Head of School


(Taken from: The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg)

Author: Janet Ballard

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