Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We have been thinking about Courage and how we can be brave is so many different ways – both big and small!  Today I want to link Courage to the value of Hope – as having Hope can make it much easier to be bold and brave!

In the Bible, there is a story about a young girl called Esther who found herself in some very difficult situations. The story of Esther was considered so important that it appears in the Old Testament part of the Bible. The seventeenth book of the Old Testament is called Esther!

Esther didn’t have an easy start in life. Her parents had both died when she was young and she was brought up by her uncle, Mordecai. However, Esther didn’t lose hope because Mordecai was a kind man and he looked after her well.

Esther may have had many hopes and dreams for her future, but she probably never dreamt that one day, she would become the wife of the king of Persia! However, this is exactly what happened. Esther was beautiful and the king loved her very much, but Esther didn’t tell him that she was Jewish.  Watch the story and listen and see if you can spot why Esther was so courageous!

Esther, the young queen, didn’t always have an easy life, but she always had hope. She wanted what was best for the people around her and she made good, brave decisions…she trusted in God and stayed true to her faith.  In fact Esther is so important to the Jews, that they celebrate Esther’s bravery in a festival called Purim.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for Esther’s story of hope.
Thank you that you are always with us in every situation.
Please help us to share our worries with someone when we are finding things difficult.
Please help us to realize the importance of talking.
Please help us to be good listeners.



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