Queen Esther was faced with a difficult, life-threatening decision when she learns of a plot to kill all Jewish people. If she goes to the king without being summoned, she could be put to death. If she reveals her Jewish identity she could also be put to death. Esther could also do nothing and continue to enjoy her power and privilege as queen.
Few of us will ever be faced with such a life-threatening decision; yet in a way, we are placed in this position every day. A friend once told a joke that had racist implications. When I pointed it out, I lost a friend. Still, there are times when I don’t say anything, or when I ignore the suffering of another – because I feel powerless, or I don’t want to risk my own comfort. God places us in situations that might seem like nowhere and says that we are now here – for such a time as this.
This message is excerpted from “Timing is Everything” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the June 2019 Gather magazine. All are welcome to attend a Blue Christmas service via Zoom, December 21 at 7 p.m. (CST).
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