Hadassah, aka Queen Esther, pondering.
Wednesday is here, and tonight at sundown, Purim begins. I'm busy getting ready for our big party on Friday evening. I've been planning, preparing, shopping, and praying for the big event all week. I'm also looking forward to tomorrow and my yearly tradition of making hamentaschen with my grandson. I love this holiday, not just because of the fun, but because of the reminders that always make me ponder.
Hadassah's statement, "Who knows, but that I was born for such a time as this," always adjures me to examine my own heart and life. Each year, her story inspires me to continue to follow her example.
Like Hadassah, I was born for such a time as this, to obey G-d in a godless society. She could have taken the easy way out and denied her heritage. She could have saved herself and allowed her people to be destroyed. She recognized G-d's calling on her life, and she was committed to her task. I pray I will be, too.
She put her faith in G-d, and said, "If I perish, I perish." Each year, I ponder whether I would be willing to die for my beliefs. Over the last few years, we're seeing more and more believers murdered, simply for their faith in G-d. Did you think you'd ever see that? Hadassah trusted G-d. I pray I will, too, if ever faced with such a choice.
Chag Sameach Purim! (Happy Purim) to you all, Gail-Friends. Enjoy...and ponder.
You can read more about Purim HERE. Learn how to make hamentaschen HERE.
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