Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | June 10, 2013

Lydia

We know that there are many women who are named and discussed  throughout scripture. Many of these women had prominent roles in their households and communities. There are some women that held the title of a judge, while others were matriarchs of large families,and  still others were business women. Many women were disciples of Jesus. Who were the first people to see the empty tomb? Mary Magdalene and the other women who went to anoint the body.  We know from Paul’s Letters that women played an important role in his ministry. Women often gave Paul and his traveling companions a place to stay as well as financial assistance.

In Acts 16:14: We learn that while Paul was evangelizing to the women gathered at the riverbank and: One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. – Acts 16:14.

Lydia knew that Paul and Silas were men on an important mission. Because she was a believer and a business woman and quite possibly a prominent leader in her community, she knew that she could invite Paul & Silas to her home for a meal and she would not be looked down on for this act of kindness and generosity. “if you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,’ and she prevailed on us.”

Lydia was a smart and strong woman who knew how to be persuasive when she had to be.

The conversion of Lydia reminds us of a unique challenge of Christian evangelism during its earliest days: Christianity was so new that it often meant that converts would be breaking away from the beliefs of their parents, their siblings, their friends, their neighbors, their co-workers and their employers. Even so, Christianity was able to spread throughout the Roman world.

Today, reflect on the different women in your life. Who has had the greatest impact on your faith journey? If that person is still alive, call them, send them an email and let them know what kind of an impact they’ve had on your life. If they are no longer of this earth, spend some time in a prayers conversation.

Red Shoes for Lydia. Represent a woman who has strong convictions and beliefs. She can stand her ground with strength and dignity.

Red Shoes for Lydia. Represent a woman who has strong convictions and beliefs. She can stand her ground with strength and dignity.

Prayer:  Almighty God, who inspired your servant Lydia,  to uphold and sustain your Church by their loving and generous deeds: Give us the will to love you, open our hearts to hear you, and strengthen our hands to serve you in others for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

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Gary Neal Hansen

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