AnimFireStarterThe attempt to kill the Jewish people was turned back on those who wanted it to happen. In today’s reading, the regular holiday recalling this event, Purim, is set up. The name comes from the evil Haman’s picking out a day for the massacre, from a number of days written down. (Purim means “lots”…like throwing dice.) It is generally celebrated in March, on the 14th and 15th of the Jewish month of Adar, when the Full Moon occurs—one month before Passover.

The idea of celebrating God’s saving events every year comes from our Jewish ancestors. As Christians, the seasons of the year and the path of the sun and (and the moon for Easter) are times for us to feel and celebrate God’s special love for us. These times of the year are special: imagine singing Christmas Carols in summer!

Esther 9:20-32

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your justice coming to pass
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Fifth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays are dedicated in this season to the Book of Esther

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…