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Gone fischin’

Hikin’ to the top of a mountain Drinkin’ water from a cool, clear stream Watchin’ the sunset and talkin’ to God And knowin’ He loves me.                  from “Simple Pleasures” by John Fischer … Continue reading

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Queen Esther saves a nation

At the request of his daughter, who was now Queen Esther of the empire of Media and Persia, Mordecai had gathered all the Jews in the citadel to fast for three days. Esther knew that approaching the king without being … Continue reading

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‘If I perish, I perish’

In the story of Esther, King Xerxes decides to honor one of his officials, Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, “elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles” (Esther 3:1). So … Continue reading

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Queen Esther

Now there was a certain Jew living in exile in the city of Susa in Persia, seat of the king’s now queen-less palace, named Mordecai. And Mordecai had a cousin named Esther whom he had taken in and cared for … Continue reading

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Queen Vashti loses her crown but keeps her dignity

The book of Esther opens with King Xerxes of Persia throwing himself a very big party. At that time, Xerxes ruled over an area of 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. All the princes, nobles and military leaders from … Continue reading

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For such a time as this

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 The Book of Esther is a remarkable story concerning Jews dispersed throughout Persia. It comes at a time when their period of exile was … Continue reading

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Isaac’s turn to sleep

Funny thing happened to me on the way to the Catch. I was reminded of a picture book my wife, Marti, made for our granddaughter, Jocelyn. It’s about a huggable stuffed leopard we gave her named Isaac, and an imaginary … Continue reading

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Drive-by

A funny thing happened on the way to the Catch this week. I was involved in a drive-by … birthday party! It was for our daughter-in-law who turned 40 this week. Unable to arrange for the big gathering he wanted … Continue reading

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