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From the Pastor's Desk

"Mordecai had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther" (Est. 2:7). Her Jewish name, Hadassah, means "myrtle." This ever-green plant produces fragrant, snow-white, star-shaped flowers. Her Persian name, Esther, means "star." Both of those names spoke of the royal destinations she would fulfill as Esther committed herself to the purpose of God.

"Hadassah" is taken from the Hebrew word for the myrtle tree. It is associated with love and marriage. However, the myrtle tree is often hidden in the garden among other trees. It has an overlooked beauty. Hadassah was overlooked until God promoted her. She becomes known as Esther. God takes her from obscurity to become a star to shine the light of God in a darkened world.

That is what God wants for you, to make you a star to shine His light in the dark world where you live. The Bible says in Philippians 2:14-16, "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life." When the favor and promotion of God comes on your life at His desired time, you will shine like a star where he places you.

This young, Jewish, orphaned girl whose parents were deceased was a victim of war, exile, servitude, and slavery. She was part of a minority exiled to a strange land. She lived with social discrimination. But God knows when it is your time to shine for His glory! Are you ready to shine when and where he has placed you?

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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