The Esther story is one that we sort of know. Often we study it because it has a woman lead, and we think that’s rare (it’s not). We think it’s the exception to the rule, and a one off type of story.
If we knew our history, we’d know it isn’t. This isn’t the first time that we hear this type of story. We hear it again in the William Tell story of Switzerland. We hear it again in the ghettoization of Europe and the later Holocaust. We see it in the iconic picture of one person standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square. We hear different aspects of this story again and again, whether it being one person who stands up or a people who are threatened with being exterminated. (Think Rwanda, think Cambodia, think Jesus on the cross)
As we follow this familiar story, familiar both in Esther and in life, we come to the end of this passage. Esther asks Mordecai to have the community pray for her for three days before she goes to the king, risking death. Does that part of the story sound familiar? Given the amounts of stories we can connect to this story and its themes, are there stories of our own lives that we can connect? What is our for such a time?