Imagine this story a young girl wearing a simple yet elegant cross. When her pastor asks her about the stark difference between her ornament and the cross of Jesus, her reply is a profound lesson for us all. “Oh, I know that,” she says with the clarity of innocence, “But they told me in Sunday school that whatever Jesus touches, He changes.” This story is a mirror to our own lives, where the burdens we carry, much like Jesus' rugged, heavy cross—a symbol of immense suffering, pain, and the weight of the world's sins—are transformed into symbols of hope through our enduring faith.
In the face of our challenges, let us draw inspiration from Saul's transformative journey to become Paul. His path, initially marked by zealous opposition to Christianity, was dramatically altered on the road to Damascus. Saul, deeply committed to his beliefs, not out of hatred but from a profound adherence to his faith, experienced a radical transformation. It's a powerful reminder that our strongest convictions, when touched by Jesus, can lead us to extraordinary paths of righteousness and advocacy.
Jesus, fulfilling God's promise of a new covenant, invites us into a relationship of closeness and personal connection, transforming our understanding of faith and our role in it. This story echoes the message that our connection to God is a journey of continuous growth and deepening understanding, a journey that each of us is on.
Today, we find ourselves at a pivotal Esther moment.
The initiative to establish October 7th as the “World Day Against Antisemitism,” a movement started by France's Muslim community and supported by a diverse array of individuals, stands as a testament to our dedication. It's a call to action that we must heed with urgency and conviction, reflecting our commitment to combating hatred and promoting peace. As we embrace this mission, we also find wisdom in the lessons of history, which echo through the ages.
Reflecting on this profound observation from Jerome, an early leader of the Church, “The church of Christ has been founded by shedding its own blood, not that of others; by enduring outrage, not by inflicting it,” let us contemplate our role in today's world and be reminded of the impact of peaceful endurance and moral integrity. How are we, as modern-day Esthers, demonstrating our faith? How are we embodying Christ’s teachings in our support for Israel and in our actions towards others?
As we journey forward, let these stories of transformation and resilience inspire and guide us. We are the modern-day Esthers, called to stand with courage and compassion, committed not only to our faith but also to the greater cause of Israel and against all forms of injustice.
Our Prayer for Today:
Lord Jesus, Your touch transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Reshape our hearts, our fears, and our doubts. Grant us courage that rivals Esther's, faith that mirrors Paul's transformation. Touch the hearts of those who oppose Israel, leading them towards peace. Protect our families, our nations, and especially Israel, with Your mighty hand.
Shalom and Love,
Christian Women For Israel
And as you join us in praising the Living God for the miracle of the modern-day state of Israel, we pray you’ll renew your own resolve to bless Israel and the Jewish people by giving a generous gift of support.
May God bless you for being a blessing to Israel and the Jewish people