Pastor Heather Cowie shares Hans Christian Andersen's story of the "Little Mermaid" and reflects on how her longing, her love and her ultimate redemption mirror our own.

None of them was so full of longings as the youngest, the very one who had the longest time to wait.

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” (George Eliot)

“Why have not we an immortal soul?” asked the little mermaid mournfully; “I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and afterwards to have a share in the heavenly kingdom.”

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?

 And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:23-26

“Kill the prince and you will be a mermaid once more…. But when the little mermaid gazed at the prince she could only kneel and kiss him for the last time.”

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:12-14

“She passed beyond this troubled world into everlasting happiness.”

God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. Romans 2:-6,7

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