As most know, today is Good Friday which commemorates the passion/suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. Typically people observe Good Friday via fasting, prayer, and repentance.
Besides being Good Friday, the observance of Purim is also taking place. Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Today I want to talk about two women who were willing to risk their life for the better of others.
Esther – Esther played a major role in the story of Purim, which you can read the book of Esther on your own but I want to give you a brief review so you can understand her impact. Esther, a beautiful Jewish girl, became the Queen of Persia when King Ahasuerus replaced his wife. Esther’s cousin and guardian, Mordecai, had a powerful enemy in the court—Haman. When Haman discovered that Mordecai was Jewish, he determined not only to destroy Mordecai but also his entire race along with him. Esther made a quick and brave decision for the king didn’t know she was Jewish: “Tell the people to fast three days and three nights and I shall go in to the king. If I live, I live and if I perish, I perish.” To summarize the rest of the story, the king commanded that Haman be hanged for his presumptuousness, Mordecai was promoted, and the Jews (including Queen Esther) were spared.
Clara Burton – Despite being a shy girl, Clara Burton was a trailblazer who at various times in her life put other’s neeeds before her own. After she was invited to teach in a private school in Bordentown, New Jersey, Barton recognized the community’s need for free education, and despite opposition, set up one of the first free public schools in the state. Several years later Clara saw another need and once again stepped up for change. With the outbreak of war and the cascade of wounded Union soldiers into Washington, she established an agency to obtain and distribute supplies to wounded soldiers. In July 1862, she obtained permission to travel behind the lines, eventually reaching some of the grimmest battlefields of the war. All of the work she did prepared her for the establishment of the American Red Cross.
The card shown above depicts the cross and it’s importance in our lives. In a similar aspect how one person puts other’s before themself.
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