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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 17, 2020

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THURSDAY, December 17                  [Dorothy L. Sayers]

Psalm 33:1-2 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; it is good for the just to sing praises. Praise the LORD with the harp; play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.

From the Archives: June 29, 1956

Esther is a curious book to have a place in the Bible. The name of God does not occur in it; neither is there any mention of prayer. It is an entirely secular romantic tale celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from annihilation in Persia. The feast of Purim was founded upon it, and this is still observed each spring when Esther is read in Jewish houses of worship.

Esther is the heroine of the tale, but it was her uncle Mordechai who spurred her on to greatness. Esther decided she had work to do, even if it cost her life to do it: “If I perish, I perish.”

Why are we where we are in these present and perilous times? Is there something in our particular job or environment that we ought to be doing to bring about a change for the better? Is there something God would have us do? And at what cost? We can do no better than Esther in giving our own answer.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you sing your praise to God today?

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Dioceses of South Dakota (USA) and El-Obeid (Sudan)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 33 | Isaiah 9:18—10:4 | 2 Peter 2:10b-16 | Matthew 3:1-12

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