Retelling in verse of the book of Esther, a woman in a unique place and role in the salvation of the Jews in Persia. “For such a time as this!”
In normal retellings, we focus so much on her immediate concern: will she be put to death when she walks through the door to greet the king?
But even if she remained alive, how was she to deliver the point of her message? “Thanks for not killing me immediately, but your best friend and most trusted counselor is actually an evil man who is trying to kill me.”
Easy to miss the intensity of the palace politics, the overwhelming task facing Esther, and the true glory of Mordecai.
Practically, how could she roll back this situation? How could she silence the poison tongue in the king’s ear?
Women naturally gravitate to this book, a version of a real life fairy tale.
But more than a court romance, this story deals with reversing the impossible, of God working in the midst of challenging situations.
And that’s a needed message for both men and women.