Read Esther 8 today.

Esther remains one of those books in the Bible that I find difficult to stop reading once I have begun. I cannot say how many times I have read the whole book. This is because I often intend to read only one chapter, but then read the whole thing.
At times it seems to be a story of Haman, whose hatred of the Jewish man, Mordecai, led him to plot the murder of Mordecai and the rest of Mordecai’s people. At other times, at seems to be the story of Mordecai, the faithful Jew, who would not bow down to an arrogant oppressor. Yet, the title of the book is not Haman. Nor is it Mordecai. It is Esther.
Esther was in a position to see what was happening, and stand in the gap for others. She could not do so until she was able to recognize the oppression. But once she became aware of it, she wrestled with the options before her, and she acted.
How do we act when we recognize the oppression of someone else? Do we take a stand for them, or do we merely give thanks it is not us?