Monday, August 30, 2010

Happily Ever After
My favorite genre of all time is fantasy/adventure fiction. I am, unfortunately, a big fan of spoilers. Before I read a book or watch a movie, I'll always go online and look it up and read the summary. If it's not available, I'll bug other people who I know have read the book before. (This really annoys the heck out of my cousin. "Here, Amaranthine, read this book." "How is it?" "READ IT!")

When I bug people, I normally ask these questions. "Does [Main Character] survive? Does she? Does she? Does her mom/dad/sibling/cat die? Are they all happy at the end of the book? Basically, does this book have a happy ending? I mean, that's the main question!
 If they say, "Yes, it does," then somehow it makes what happens to the characters in the meantime more bearable to read.

Even in the books, it helps. Like if some one important, like Thomas Edison, is in prison for refusing to bow to a idol(I don't know!) and some kids time travel from the present and assure him that everything's going to be all right, it gives him hope. Right?

Well, we're the main characters in our own story right now. And sometimes it seems like the trials the characters in books go through can't compare to what we're facing right know.  Like, what's a charging rhino against a bratty sister? ???????( I don't have a sister, just an example.) Or having to survive a night in the desert versus having to survive the death of someone close to you?

Well let me say this: Our story has a happy ending. And knowing that should make today more bearable.

Go get your bible and read Mark chapter 13. It is filled with many horrible prophecies that could be right out of a Suzanne Collins novel. But I think it is one of the most hopeful chapters in the bible.  

"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and the leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door." "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never disappear."*

And we all live happily ever after.

*Mark 13:28, 29, 31.
However, as it is written:
   "No eye has seen,
      no ear has heard,
   no mind has conceived
   what God has prepared for those who love him" 1 Corinthians 2:9 

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