In his essay “On Fairy Stories”, JRR Tolkien suggests that every story that satisfies us does so because it echoes the gospel – that just when all seems lost, the good hero prevails in the end.

Perhaps the reason we like it is that at some deep level we know it’s true, that our desire for goodness, justice and meaning are hard wired into us because they’re real things destined for satisfaction.

We all crave the triumph of the good, of beauty, meaning and justice like water in the desert. We want the right to prevail even when we would deny its reality.

We really were made for happy endings. The gospel tells us that death has been broken; that through the true King, life and love have prevailed; and that someday, it will be truly said that we lived happily ever after.