- Gender and Relationships
Where have all the Princesses gone- and where are all the Knights??
Once upon a time there was a little Princess. She was fair and lovely and full of dreams. She hoped to grow into a beautiful young woman. To walk in grace and compassion. To be celebrated for her delicacy and gentleness. To have her very own castle one day. But above all these things the princess wanted, she wanted a life companion to share it with. A Knight in shining armor. One with a true heart and noble character. She reveled in the thoughts of how her brave and trustworthy knight would watch over her and protect her from harm while cherishing her for her loveliness.
Now the Knight wasn't in for a raw deal at all. The Princess planned to love and adore him too. She dreamed of supporting him in all his noble battles and encouraging him in times of discouragement as well as celebrating with him in his every victory. She dreamed of making their castle a warm and welcome home where he could return to and rest after a hard day of fighting goblins and slaying dragons. She could already imagine the lovely big roast she would have waiting on the table for him when he came through the castle door. He would be her hero and she would faithfully serve him.
However as the Princess grew and discovered the land around her she realised that all was not right. Something was very wrong. The land had been turned upside- down by some mysterious curse. Th princesses no longer behaved like princesses but like Kings. They wanted their own castles and to rule over their own lands and they had chased away all the brave and noble Knights! The good valiant Knights meanwhile were baffled. They could not understand why the princesses were so angry with their best efforts to cherish and protect them. It got to the point where a Knight would not even open a castle door for a princess for fear of berating.
Despite this seeming victory on behalf of the modern Princesses they became unhappy. They no longer felt that good and honorable nights were willing to put in the effort to obtain they're trust and respect. They felt increasingly resentful and questioned why the Knights of the land no longer wanted to cherish their beauty. The knights meanwhile wondered why the Princesses no longer wanted them to show that they did cherish the princesses beauty!
The Princess in distress decided to start a journal which she would circulate through the land. She got her trusty royal carrier pigeons at the ready and started to write from her truly lovely and delicate little heart an appeal to all the beautiful Princesses and noble Knights of the land.
Gracious Princesses and brave Knights of the Land,
I dispair at what I have seen come to pass in the Land. The princesses seek what they refuse to accept. The Knights refuse to offer what they know will be rejected, and yet what the Knights truly wish to give is what the princesses truly wish to receive. Noble Knight your bravery is much needed by the fair princesses of the Land. Some Princesses will not seek your love and adoration and will instead look for the pittance they can trust because they think it is all they deserve and they are too afraid to look for more, fearing that they will have their small and fragile hearts broken. Take heart brave Knights, these maidens are not yet Princesses but there time may come. Set your hearts on a Princess who wills to serve you and to be served by you.
Consider the true Princess. She is full of grace and compassion. Her words are seasoned with truth and kindness. She is known for her goodness to the people of the land. Her heart is set on higher things- her service to the Kingdom and her one and only True King. She walks the good way and her devotion to the Lord her God is her essence and her radiance. The Princess sets her own standards and commands respect and trust because of her faithfulness to all who deserve it.
She IS looking for a noble Knight and she does want castle doors opened for her! She wants to be reassured of her loveliness and told she is beautiful in appearance and Spirit! She wants you to offer her your jacket when it's cold. She would like you to take the time to get to know about her and learn how she feels about things- especially her hopes and dreams- and every princess has them! She wants you to make the effort to spend time with her whether it's a walk along the beach or galloping over to her castle on your mighty steed just to say hi.She desires to be looked after and cherished by a brave knight who she can trust to come to her rescue!
A word to the Princesses now. Know that your are fair and lovely. Your beauty is unparalleled and you are of the finest design. Be discerning in picking your Knight. Choose the one of true and noble character The one who can always be trusted to support you and protect your fragile loveliness. Consider only the honorable Knight who knows your worth is greater than rubies and be convicted that your Spirit cannot be trusted to moral paupers, but a Knight rich in Spirit. Cast not your pearls before swine! When a brave Knight is gracious and considerate to you in all of his ways and open in his persuit, then he is indeed a noble knight. Be good to him in all your ways and be sure that you can say he is good to you in all of his.
Grace to you all my Fair Princesses and Noble Knights. Twill not be many sunrises before I write to you of this again.
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