My friend Allison told me about the book The Princess and the Kiss a few weeks ago. After her description of the story about a princess whose parents give her her first kiss from God and then keep it safe for her until she is ready to give it to the man she is going to marry, I knew it was a book I wanted to purchase. The area of sexual purity is high on the my list of areas that I pray for for each of our children.
Since getting the book this week, we have read through it several times and had some good discussions. The girls are of course drawn to any book about a princess, but even Elijah really likes the story as we see different suitors come and ask for the princess’s hand in marriage. There is Prince Peacock, who is more interested in how strong and fast he is and showing off to everyone than he really is in the Princess. There is Prince Romance, who the Princess wisely discerns may not be as interested once the tender feelings and honeymoon period wear off. And finally Prince Treasurechest is turned away because the Princess sees that although he can give her lots of beautiful things, those things may hold the first place in his heart. Finally, when the young farmer who has been working her father’s fields comes, he stands out first by asking the King and Queen’s permission to speak to the Princess. And then he tells her all he doesn’t have to give her, but does present her with his first kiss kept safe for his wife.
The story is so beautiful and one that I am sure we will be reading over and over again to our children, and hopefully one day our grandchildren. The precious gift of purity is one that we pray our children would keep safe. It is difficult in a world where it is “cute” for second graders to talk about getting married or kiss. But the reward of being able to give all of yourself to your spouse without any extra baggage, we believe is a gift worth fighting for.