Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
There is a good reason why people often have mixed feelings about politicians. There is much to respect and admire when a politician works for the common good, uses power to lift up the lowly, and guides others toward a hopeful future. There is much to regret when a politician manipulates others, uses power for self-interests, and is outwardly civil but behind the scenes is ruthless.
This struggle we have with politicians and people in power is not new. Not by a long shot. Today, we read about it in the dramatic story of Esther. The Book of Esther is also a yearly Jewish celebration called Purim, next celebrated in February of 2021. We can learn a lot about the visceral retelling of the story, the cheering for Esther, the booing of Haman (Boo!), and the twists and turns that save God's people once again.
Here is one of my favorite Bible sites online. Read the Scripture and watch the video to get a better understanding of what is happening in the Book of Esther. (By the way, I send out a Bible study from this site every Saturday to those who want to receive it. Let me know if you are interested in being added to the list.)
Of course, it's always a good thing to call someone and talk together about some of the things that come to mind as you study.
Be safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Pray for others. Be kind.