Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Story of... Esther (2/7/17)

The story of the life of Esther is the story of a girl, an ordinary girl who was made extraordinary by what God did through her. Not only did she obey her God, though - she also heeded the word of her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as his own daughter (Esther 2:7) and whose love for her was demonstrated as he paced outside the court of the women's chambers every day for 12 months while she was receiving the beauty treatments allotted to her (Esther 2:8-11). Later on, that role was reversed and he obeyed her in turn, when their people and all their kindred were threatened with the edge of the sword - both man, woman, and child (Esther 4:15-16).

Mordecai. Esther. Haman. Xerxes. Vashti. Zeresh. Abihail. Memucan. Harbonah. These were all real people, with real lives and real stories. Every person on earth has an unfolding drama, with varying emotions and events that happen, plot twists and character introductions. Every person on earth considers themselves as the main character in a story - their story.

These people, these faces, these personalities - they had as just as real a story as you or I do. Their lives were just as complex as ours, their world as real

That's part of why it is such an honour to play a representation of these people this week. Esther was a girl with such faith and trust in God - even in the face of likely death. Vashti had refused to come before the king when called, and she had been exiled - Esther was in the opposite situation: she was coming before the king when he had not sent for her - something punishable by death. The only exception was if the king held out his scepter, that the offender might live. Esther had no way of knowing (unless God revealed it to her) that this would be the case: she might just have easily been put to death, and her people perish
So she went, not knowing if she would ever see Mordecai (he loved her as a daughter, remember? He was the only father she had ever known) or any of the people she loved ever again. Such faith in God is an absolute honour to portray, and there is pressure to get even close to conveying the bravery and fear (the two can be mingled) she must have felt.

Hopefully, I'll be able to write up a post tomorrow about Mordecai, but I may get swept up in all of the Academy drama. To wrap this up, here's a few pictures of us preparing so far! :)
(Disclaimer: these pictures are from yesterday, which was Superhero/Sports day... just thought I'd explain some of the memorabilia) ;)






55 comments:

  1. Madeline (with a Q)February 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Yes, I am sure Badie was a person,after all, they did mention her in Veggietales (though not by name) and we all know Veggietales is true!

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    1. Madeline (with a Q)February 16, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      I did miss your big musical number, how did that part go?

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    2. Madeline (with a Q)February 19, 2017 at 8:27 PM

      I'm sad I missed it! That was my favorite part!

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    3. Really? I thought the king and Haman had your favourite song!

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  2. Way to go queeny-poo!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I can come and talk to you guys "anytime I want!" ;)

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    2. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      Yeah, as long as it's on his terms! I would take care if I were you, many loyal subjects have died because of seemingly small mistakes. I am one of the lucky, for the king (may he live forever) finds me and my mistakes, but it is only a matter of time before his patience with my foolery runs thin. Heed my advice and don't feel too free with the easy life you have, for it can be snatched away in an instant.

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    3. I will try to keep that ever in my mind... and remember to always be on the right side of the king. #dramalife

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    4. You would all do well to remember who you are as well as the authority the King and his princes hold over you. Especially the Vizier to the King, Haman. For he is great and powerful.

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    5. Hail Haman,Vizier to the king! He does indeed see and hear the wants and needs of the Kings subjects! Such a loyal soul is scarce these days!

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    6. @Zeresh: I know perfectly well who I am; I came to my position in the same sort of way that your husband did - not by birth, but through loyal service to the king.
      @Batia: Badie, how could you praise him?! He's wicked, I tell you - and you will be shamed by your idolatry of him someday if you do not turn from such evil. Please, heed my words!

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    7. Such vile speech against such a noble man! Hear my voice and heed my warning! Those that appose greatness often fall flat, crushed by the weight of power.

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    8. And those that chase after power with such a burning, sick desire will be destroyed, and their own words and deeds will bring about their ruin! I will stand against evil, in whatever form it may take... even if you do decide to "appose" me. I am not afraid.

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  3. My Queen, I seek to advance the status of my husband. Not to come against his majesty or his beloved. But, be wary. There are those in the kingdom that will not obey even the commands of the king. They would not hesitate to come against you.

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    1. I am not afraid, nor will I be frightened into submission as a child.

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    2. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 9:22 AM

      Lady Zeresh speaks truly my Queen. I myself have heard murmurs in the palace. These people will turn on everyone and anyone they see as a threat to their plans. If I may be so forward and presume to advise, I would advise that you must watch yourself carefully, and not speak everything you believe. You must choose your battles wisely, for the cost may be more than you could ever imagine.

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    3. ...who are you again? I wasn't aware that the king had anyone wise as an employee.

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    4. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM

      Such large talk from such a delicate lady! *chuckles* I would heed the advice of those around you my Queen, and be careful who you wish to make your enemies. I could take what you said about myself and the King's staff, and easily twist it to get my revenge, for as Lady Zeresh says, there are many in the palace who would jump at such a chance. But thankfully for you, I am not easily provoked to anger, though it is not impossible to provoke me, and will "let this one slide." Take my advice, proceed with caution.

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    5. Tut tut, such harsh talk coming from a suckup to that God forsaken mongrel they call a king. Certainly, the Lady Zeresh is a troubled soul (even if she may be more dazzling than the king's crown, she is more venomous than Goliath's blood.) Think not of this advice, take the word of which you know can serve you well in your reign of terror and think not of Wisdom.

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    6. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM

      Your Majesty, it could be taken as such.

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    7. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 4:27 PM

      Ah, the Foolish one has decided to show their face once again, how predictable. You are indeed foolish, for why would anyone who is wise wish to advise the queen, or anyone else, against the king's best interest? You are foolish indeed, for anyone who is wise would learn from their past mistakes and counsel others away from paths that would lead to them making the same mistakes, whereas you are counseling our queen to make similar mistakes. You are foolish indeed, for while you made away from the King with your life and (part of) your honor, you incriminated yourself by retreating with "your tail between your legs." Indeed, you are a fool for daring to speak as one familiar with such matters. You are indeed foolish for daring to show your face after what happened last time you were here, and I hope you are prepared for what awaits you... But wait... You are too foolish.

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    8. The Foolish Person who quit on His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 4:46 PM

      Your face is foolish.

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    9. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 5:19 PM

      Such wit, you wound me! You never change...

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    10. The Foolish Person who quit on His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

      How could I? You killed my mother, bearer of supposed Wisdom. You killed her as she begged, begged for her life to be spared if only to support the child she was to raise. You claimed her life too foolish to keep afloat. Now... now you come attempt to plow your folly into the life and mind of the Queen! Cabot thee! Errant fox! Knave of brutality and folly! You cut only the wounds you inflicted onto yourself, now into the pure heart of our new and loved Queen! You expect me to sit idly by and let this disturbance be created? Never, I will fight to aide her against your sinful heart, oh 'worker for His Majesty'.

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    11. Seriously, I have absolutely no idea what to say to this...

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    12. The Humble ShopkeeperFebruary 21, 2017 at 6:16 PM

      Perhaps I can be of assistance... :)

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    13. The Humble ShopkeeperFebruary 21, 2017 at 6:21 PM

      The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. It was published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte.[1] The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber's 1841 production of Der Freischütz.[2] It has been successfully adapted into various stage and film adaptations, most notable of which are the 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.

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    14. That's actually a really nice reply, thank you. :)

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    15. The Humble ShopkeeperFebruary 21, 2017 at 6:31 PM

      Think nothing of it, Majesty. ;)

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    16. That one super good looking dancerFebruary 21, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      Man, y'all is absolutely nuts! you've destroyed the comment section!

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    17. The Foolish Person who quit on His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 8:22 PM

      Think of it as a rearrangement.

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    18. The Wise Person who works for His MajestyFebruary 21, 2017 at 9:11 PM

      Oh Foolish one, you know not of what you speak. I had no hand in the fate of your mother, indeed I would have been but a child. But I would have prevented it if I could have, for I also know what it is to lose someone so dear, so precious. Someone who loved, protected and provided for you. I also know what it is to have everything you have ever known taken from you, and to be forced to live in a place where there is no trust, only deceit, no love, only conditional care, and no protection, only the protection you make for yourself. Which is why I must be so stern, so unshakeable. In this world you learn quickly that the only person who will look out for you, is yourself.

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    19. The King's Flustered Head Cook's WifeFebruary 22, 2017 at 12:49 PM

      Oh my dear, both the Foolish and the Wise Person. I hurt for you, I too know what it's like to be taken from ones home, and thrown into a life you did not plan or want. But please don't let your hearts harden, it will all turn out. You'll see. God has a plan for each of us, and you may not understand it at the moment, but that's okay. It'll all turn out.

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  4. The King's Flustered Head CookFebruary 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Nothing any of you do is wise. You all drink too much wine! The kitchen runs out almost as quickly as we get more from the storehouses!

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    1. I apologize most humbly, I'm sure. Oh, BTW, we need another cake... a wedding cake... maybe we'll even have piano music at the wedding. ;)

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    2. The King's Flustered Head Cook' WifeFebruary 21, 2017 at 12:39 PM

      Honey, you need to calm down. We aren't in charge, unfortunately, so we have no say in what happens. They can drink all they want, as long as they don't spill anything on my tablecloths and curtains!

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    3. The King's Flustered Head CookFebruary 21, 2017 at 3:01 PM

      Or break any of the good dishes. I like these new ones the king bought after the last banquet.

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    4. The King's Flustered Head Cook's WifeFebruary 21, 2017 at 3:23 PM

      If any of those fools break the dishes, somebody is going to pay a very heavy price! So help me, the King will definitely hear about it!! It's insufurwable!!

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  5. The King's Flustered Head CookFebruary 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    My Queen, it shall be done. But be sure that Bigthana and Teresh get nowhere near this cake.

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    1. How can they? They've been taken to the island which we all dread, under whose shadow our lives our constantly in the dark.

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    2. Don't you mean the Pioni Brothers?

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    3. And are well known throughout all the land.

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  6. The King's Flustered Head CookFebruary 21, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Oh, pardon my ignorance. Word travels fast by the mouths of cooks but it gets severely adultered. I did not know that they had be exiled.

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    1. They were also detassled... which is much worse!

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  7. The King's Flustered Head Cook's WifeFebruary 21, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    I don't know why the King insists on having a bunch pompous idiots for advisors, and staff. Also why did he not have them do background checks?? I do believe that The Wise Person who works for His Majesty has some sort of bad background, they don't come off as very nice. And what is Badie? Is that from the yrs in Jewish gangs? I don't like it, not one bit. All the advisors are fools. It's no wonder the kingdom is falling apart! But don't let the King know I said all this, it's just a fool of an old woman jabbering on about nothings.

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    1. The King's Flustered Head CookFebruary 21, 2017 at 3:48 PM

      My Dear, please keep your mouth quiet. I find that everywhere I turn there are men watching and listening. If you don't want to lose your tounge I suggest you keep it still.

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    2. The King's Flustered Head Cook's WifeFebruary 21, 2017 at 4:29 PM

      I am sorry love, I will have to be more careful. I do not want to bring shame to our household, but what I say is true. Even you can't deny it.

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    3. Are you suggesting that I am unsuitable to serve the royal family!?

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    4. The King's Flustered Cook's WifeFebruary 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      I didn't mean any harm dear Batia,I was just saying that I don't think that somebody who used to be in a Jewish gang is very suitable for serving our new queen.

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    5. So you are saying I am unsuitable to serve the royal family! I am offended, for twas Heagi himself who specifically chose me to serve the royal family. Twas the queen herself who specifically asked for my services to be allowed to continue and the king himself (may he live forever) who appointed me to minister unto the queen for my faithful service! By suggesting I am unsuitable, you are suggesting that the king, and everyone connected to him, are simpletons!

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