For Such a Time as This
“For just such a time as this.” This is the verse that most clergy and many laypeople think of when they think of Esther. Esther is the story of Hadassah, a young Jewish girl who marries a king. This puts her in a potential position of influence at a time when the Jewish people’s very existence was being threatened. She intercedes on their behalf to the king. She became queen for “such a time as this.”
Understandably, Esther is the hero of the story. She approached her king, though it could mean death. However, the argument could be made that the hero of this passage is Mordecai. It is Mordecai who recognized the threat to the Jewish people. It is Mordecai who put on sackcloth and ashes. It is Mordecai who approached the palace. Without Mordecai, Esther would have never been aware of the plight of the Jews.
On the other hand, without Esther, Mordecai had no access to the king. It took them both working together to save God’s people. Neither could do it by themselves. It is important that remember this. We cannot do it by ourselves.
During Advent, we remember that Christ came and we look to the time when he will come again. This isn’t a passive waiting. We wait, while at the same time doing the work of Christ and building up God’s kingdom here on Earth and we do it together. We do it trusting that God has not only put us in “such a time as this”, but also with the right people.
Holy God, we wait patiently for the return of your Son. As we wait, help us to be the body of Christ and do the work of Christ. Help us to work with one another to further your Kingdom here on Earth until the day when Christ comes again. Amen.
Rev. Chris Deacon is the pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, a joint UCC/PC(USA) congregation in Bowie, MD. He is also the author or “Louder than Words.”
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