The Adventure

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Esther 4:13-17

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Esther Plans to Intercede

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.

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The Adventure

When I was about seven, I was in the car with my mom and my brother when my mom pulled over to the side of the road to study the map. “Are we lost, Mom?” I was worried.

“Oh, no,” she replied cheerfully, quickly folding up the map. “We’re on an adventure.” My brother and I exchanged doubtful glances as he whispered knowingly, “We’re lost.”

Adventures can be fun—and scary. They usually involve a bit of the unknown. As we walk in fellowship with God, it is likely that our lives will have many adventures—opportunities to serve Him. If we are reluctant or scared and we turn down an opportunity, we miss out. Will God still get the job done? Of course, but someone else will receive the blessing.

In Esther 4, Mordecai encouraged the young Queen Esther to help rescue her people. He cautioned: “If you remain completely silent….deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (v.14).

Esther was naturally frightened to take this assignment, but God used her courage and faith to deliver her people. Trust God to show you the way. Adventure ahead!

 

For life’s adventure, Lord I ask

Courage and faith for every task;

A heart kept clean by high desire,

A conscience purged by holy fire.

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Do Not Be Afraid

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Today the Liturgy talks about raising the dead. This gets me to thinking, am I really ready to accept God to the point I’m not afraid of my own death. I think it takes a truly strong person to admit with any sincerity that he/she is ready to accept death for the Lord. There is still the fear of the unknown.

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The fear of death is like a cloud, a terrible shadow that falls over human life and experience. All of our proximate fears are reflections of, and participation in, this primordial fear. It cramps us, turns us in on ourselves, makes us defensive, hateful, violent, and vengeful.

Further, most of the structures of oppression in the world are predicated upon the fear of death. Because a tyrant can threaten his people with death, he can dominate them; because a dictator can threaten people with killing, he can perpetrate all sorts of injustice. Whenever the strong (in any sense) overwhelm the weak, we are looking at the ways of death.

But what would life be like if we were no longer afraid? What if death had finally lost its sting?

Then we would live as the saints do–not immune to suffering, but, if I can put it this way, unaffected by it. We would know that we are loved by a power that transcends death, and this would fill us with an exuberance beyond measure.

Jesus came to inaugurate this fearless and death-defying love. Therefore in the great words of John Paul II, which were really the words of Christ, “Do not be afraid.”

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