The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen definitely come across as being much more religious than the Grimm’s Fairy Tales; this story is just one example.
Once upon a time there was a couple who did not have an easy life, but the wife was usually in a good mood. The taxes were high. Food was scarce. They didn’t have anything worth any money. The only thing they had to look forward to was poverty and misery. The wife woke up one morning in a terrible mood. She sat silent at the table. It seemed she had been crying.
She went to leave the room, but the husband asked her what was wrong. She told him she had dreamed that God was dead. The husband told her this was silly, God could never die.
The wife became happy knowing that she could always rely on God. The husband also became happy. He also realized that his wife had played a trick on him, but he was happy that his wife was able to get him to realize that as long as he could rely on God, things could never be truly terrible.
Everybody can take this story to heart, even if you’re not a believer of God. Just substitute something else that you believe in, whatever that may be, flying spaghetti monster and all, and read the story that way.
Besides the part of this story where the wife tricks the husband, I think this story is sweet. I think it’s a reminder to remember that not everything is bad in life. Even when it seems the darkest, there is always something that is still good. You may have to dig really deep to find it, but once you do, you know that there is something worth striving for. If you were underground, in a deep cave, and lost, as long as you could see one pin-prick of light, you would have hope.
Don’t ignore this story just because it’s about God. Like I said, just substitute in your thing and realize that this story could equally apply to you no matter what you believe in.
Sometimes life gives you lemons, make lemonade or salad dressing.
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