A repeated theme the last few weeks in our home has been a realization that often the most amazing things come through one person being a link to others. And often that one person is not remarkably qualified, rather, simply willing.

Very recently, in India, a young believer walked into a village hostile to what they knew of Christianity. He was beat out. This young man, however, has experienced the love of God. So, three times he went back only to be beat again. But on the fourth entrance he was received, by none other than the leader of the village.

Take Courage
Courage in prayer this week can be ours as we look to the continual faithfulness of God, and the grace given our persecuted family in their times of need.

You may have known or seen it on your calendars, marked as “Purim”, that we are in the days of remembrance of Queen Esther.  The great deliverance God brought through her life and willingness to offer it is being celebrated all over the world this week.

One wicked, “qualified”, “authority” was on an intent path to annihilate the Jews. BUT:

Esther was a link. Mordecai’s willingness to take care of her as a young orphan was a link. As well as his continued instruction and inspiration to her even after she had “left the nest”:

Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:13 &14

But he wasn’t just having private, quiet, conversations…

When Mordecai learned all that had been done, (he) tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. He went up to the entrance of the king’s gate..
Esther 4:1-2(a)

He lead the way. But really, he was just being a link.

And in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.  Esther 4:3

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!DSC_2165
Jesus was a link. Peacemakers are links. Pray-ers are links. Parents are links. Teachers are links. “Ordinary” people who have come into the kingdom for such a time as this, are links. We need each other. We need to take courage from our persecuted family all over the world, just loving God and being loved.

“Give me the Love that leads the way
The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that’ll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God”
~Amy Charmichael

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