“Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to the Jews near and far, throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes, calling on them to celebrate an annual festival on these two days. He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the Jews gained relief from their enemies, when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy.” 9:20-22
Mordecai has experienced the ultimate turn-around. He goes from dreading an impending genocide of his people to celebrating their victory over their enemies. And I love the way he chooses to celebrate! It’s how I wish America celebrated Christmas. Feasting, gladness, homemade gifts and generosity to the poor. That is what it looks like to celebrate when God has done something great. Did God financially bless you, when recently you were clobbered with debt? Throw a party, invite a ton of people and don’t forget to generously tithe to the needy. When God is generous with us, he expects us to be generous with others.
Maybe he’s bringing relief to you in other ways, like your health. Stop and acknowledge what he’s doing, and take the time to celebrate, even the smallest victories. Because if I’ve gleaned anything from the book of Esther, it’s that things can turn on you in an instant.
Monday morning we start the Songs of Solomon!