Esther’s resolve to seek justice for her people and courage from her God is remarkable! Ready to do the work on herself before entering negotiations, Esther acts in faithful patience until the appointed time. Her savvy determination adorns her predicament in such a way that she appeals to her unpredictable husband who grants her desires without a fight.
Esther’s story reminds me of May 25, 2020, when I cried for God’s help after George Floyd’s murder. My people were being murdered by law enforcement at an exponential rate. Paralyzed and isolated, I laid prostrate begging for courage to stand up for justice. This moment demanded my self-examination. Before linking up with allies to slay the lions of privilege and the enemy of systemic racism, I needed to do my inner work and self-reflection.
Just like Esther and her handmaids, it was in solidarity that I found my prophetic voice which God fashioned especially for me to address the signs of the times. When I called for help, God gave me strength. I’m walking now toward the beauty of mutuality, lamenting with divine freedom and possessing the byproduct of courage. I look toward a hopeful future that protects God’s diverse creation in all its stages of life as I ask, seek, and knock to find God answering my call for help in these chaotic times.
- Where have you seen God’s hand move in your life during these chaotic times of racial injustice(s)?
- How have you grown in self-awareness about being anti-racist?
Lori Stanley is the executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. She is a masters candidate studying pastoral theology with a concentration in spiritual direction at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She has been married for 33 years and has an adult daughter.