“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” – Esther 4:14
Here we are at the second of only two books named for women.
Ruth is the other.
Both women are intimate with risk.
That’s why we remember them.
Esther faces a choice when confronted with the certain genocide of her people.
She can hold her peace, as the King James version translates.
She can hold her peace, keep silent, and preserve a cautious life.
After all, the former Queen Vashti’s #MeToo had got her killed.
She can hold her peace.
Fierce Esther finds a way.
Her story is for such a time as this.