Esther – a woman of action;
a role-model for the ordinary
to be extra-ordinary;
a role-model who took direct action.
The rabbis have considered her a prophet,
who neither spoke a word with God
nor from God,
but who risked her life
to save her people.
against the wrongs in their societies;
to redress those wrongs;
to offer the world a glimpse
of the realm of God:
of mutual relationship;
a community in which
trust, obligation, morality, common good, tradition, goodwill,
co-operation, religious values, neighbourliness
are valued as basic to the good health,
of that community.
This alternative vision
is the realm we are called to live:
to stand with those whose lives are hurt by the prevailing systems,
not with the powerful
but the vulnerable.
This is our risky journey
(Adapted from a sermon from some years ago, which may have drawn on material from other, long-forgotten, sources.)
© Jeff Shrowder, 2012.
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