A Prince and Blue Slippers

A long long time ago….there was a kind and charming Prince who lived in a castle far away. When he rode into the village one day with his Father, he noticed how poor all the villagers were. So he asked his Father if he might do something to help. He had an idea to employ many of the young men and women, one from each family. Some came to work the extensive grounds and gardens, others the kitchen. Some came to do stone repair on the castle…still others to tend the horses and livestock.

The Prince was an artist so he employed some to keep his graphite sticks sharpened and his inks filled…to make sheets of papyrus. Others would entertain his family with music and dancing…and plays. He had a knack for seeing a hidden talent and helped individuals ‘find it’ for themselves. Some lived at the castle, others would return home in the evening. Each month they would have a festival and all the families were invited to attend. The village grew and prospered and many of the young people developed amazing skills and talents, sharing them with one another. Others, some lazy, some prideful, some angry, some bitter…didn’t want to, nor care, to seek help from the Prince. But always he offered, never giving up on anyone.

One warm summer evening, after a dance performance, the Prince told the dancers to lie down and rest awhile. The cool breezes wafted thru the courtyard. One girl, after going to the fountain for a drink, saw the way the shadows from the tree branches in the setting sunlight, moved at her feet and she started to dance alone in her blue slippers….skipping in and out of the shadows. The Prince saw movement in the back and was captivated by her. He dismissed all the others but asked the girl in the blue slippers to stay behind. She came forward, a blue veil covering her face. He asked her to please remove it and she did.

She was not beautiful in the worldly sense but there was something about her…a certain radiance. Her cheeks were pink from dancing and that made him smile. She smiled back. First with just a slight upturn of her lips…when he extended his hand, it spread to her eyes. He noticed the change and He saw an innocence, a trust in her eyes. He asked her to walk with him in the garden. “Why did you keep dancing when I told everyone they could rest?” She replied, “At first I was dancing for you but when you told us we could rest, I wanted to dance for me…and for my Lord.” The Prince pondered this a minute, “You seemed to float on air in that dance…would you like to return next Saturday?” “I’d like to show you the grounds around the castle but the sun is setting now, it will soon be dark.”

So next Saturday, she came to the castle. They walked in the garden and rode horses into the valley…and he showed her all about the surrounding land. She told him all she knew about her Lord…how He saved her life for eternity by laying down His life in place of hers. In the Winter, they sat by the fireplace, singing songs as he played a stringed instrument. The Prince and the Dancer became the best of friends and he even taught her how to waltz on those snowy days stuck inside the castle. In the Spring, he held a grand ball. And although they danced with many partners, they often drifted in and out of one another’s path…as this was the nature of many of the dances.

Of course, since he was the Prince, he had the right to ask any girl he wished for his last dance. The room fell silent as the Prince stepped into the middle of the crowd, everyone moving back to form a large circle. “I would be honored if the girl with the blue slippers would join me in the middle for the last dance”. At first a hush, and then whispers, as no one came forward. Turning to scan the room and stopping with his back to the fountain, he hears a scuffling and then the sound of slippers running across the marble floor as she slides right into his back! He turns ever so slowly to see who this is. “So sorry my Prince” says the girl in blue slippers, “I was getting a drink at the fountain…and the floor is a bit slippery!”

Without a word, he bows, as she slowly curtsies. When she lifts her head, he is holding out his hand. With a slight smile, he winks. The music begins and he twirls and spins the girl in blue slippers while the fireflies light up the hillside. Their dancing seems effortless and full of grace…all the hours spent practicing in the Winter gave them an air of familiarity. At the conclusion of the dance he walks her to the edge of the courtyard where they look up at the stars twinkling in the night sky. He tells her there is a dance that never ends in the sky. “In my Father’s house are many mansions…if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”. Suddenly her eyes were opened to see her Prince….her Lord. Her knees became weak and she fell before Him, tears spilling from her eyes. He took her hand and lifted her up.

“You can see me because you wanted to see me”. “So many find dancing an ordered exercise, never feeling free to find their own steps”. But you have found your own steps…you have found expression of your spirit in the breath I gave you". “And now, you shall return to your village for a time to share what you have found”. Send others to Me and do not lose hope but remember, I will be dancing with you for Eternity. This is my promise to you".

A Prince and Blue Slippers

Kelly Chiara

Joined August 2009

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A fanciful story ~ but with truth in it. ;) Wrote this in 2011….a bit harder for me to share writings than it is photographs. But you redbubblers are an encouraging and sensitive lot. =) Posted June 2012 [ref. John 2,3 and 14, Holy Bible]

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