I'm in the office this evening putting the finishing touches on my first sermon on Esther which will launch our nine week (July and August) series that will focus on Faithful Presence in the sphere of Identity and Vocation. In other words, for the next 9 weeks we will be studying the vitally important and deeply personal issue of our identity (who God has made us to be) and vocation (what God has made us to do).
Esther is the perfect story to explore this vitally important topic. It is an ancient story, but breathtakingly relevant in our modern age. In it a "Sleeping Beauty" comes to accept her identity as a child of God and her calling to be a deliverer of His people.
For so many of us who are struggling to (1) live out our identity as sons and daughters of God in the vast and overwhelming milieu of secular culture with all its power and glory and to (2) live into our vocations with the daring and courage that God's children should have and the world needs, I pray that the story of Esther will shake us from our conformity to this age and call us into the vocations that God has designed and prepared for each one of us.
I look forward to beginning this journey together tomorrow!