Category Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message

Hardships for Success

Our early struggles often feed our future successes. They can provide opportunities for personal growth and creative inspiration. Such is the way with Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, into a poor family. The Andersen’s lived in a one-bedroom home in an impoverished area. They moved two years later to a […]

What Happen’s Next?

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”  ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen Who doesn’t worry about tomorrow? Life would be so much easier if we knew how things will work out. Knowing the future would reduce so much anxiety. Or would it? Everything works out […]

Greed and Ingratitude

Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales present lessons for us to contemplate and take to heart. We can learn a great deal by looking closely at these stories and what Scripture would say about them. In The Tinder Box, the solider threw away his silver coins for gold ones. He also stole the tinder box, refusing […]

Ask and You Shall Receive

In The Snow Queen, Gerda was frightened, and she prayed the Our Father. Gerda could see her breath in the cold air, and her breath turned into angels. The angels protected and led her to the Snow Queen’s Palace. By praying the Our Father, Gerda’s prayer was answered. She asked for guidance and protection, and […]

Your Fairy Tale Life

Do you remember your childhood dreams? How did you envision your future? Life can make us cynical and hard. Sure it’s tough, but look around. Notice the abundance of love and goodness that surrounds you. You well may be living the dream. What a waste if you never noticed. (Have you read Hans Christian Andersen […]

Good vs Evil

The wicked queen in the The Wild Swans. The weavers in The Emperor’s New Clothes. The evil goblin in The Snow Queen. There’s no doubt in most fairy tales as to who is good and who is evil. Bad characters do all the bad actions, and good ones are all good. In real life, the […]

Sing for Joy

-The Nightingale Then the Nightingale sang, and so enchantingly that the tears came into the Emperor’s eyes and ran down over his cheeks. The Nightingale sang a second time, and still more sweetly, and the song went straight to the heart. The Emperor was so well pleased that he said the Nightingale should have his […]