Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - May 23, 2019
Dreams and visions. It was a dream that sent Paul to Macedonia, and to the city of Philippi, which was a Roman colony in that area between Asia and Europe. While there, he went in search of prayer on the Sabbath, and came upon a group of women gathered by the river. It was not the prayer gathering he had been looking for in his own mind, but it was where he needed to be on that day. He met a group of women, among them a woman named Lydia, who was a dealer in purple cloth.
Only the rich could afford purple cloth, so this is the writer’s way oftelling us that Lydia was a woman of means, and, as it turned out, the head of her household.The passage goes on: “The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to befaithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home." And she prevailed upon us.” Acts 16:9-15. You can read it all here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Easter/CEaster6_RCL.htm
A chance encounter? Perhaps – or an invitation by God that Paul was wise enough and brave enough to follow, even though it had only come in a dream. Lydia’s life, and probably the livesof those who were with her, were no doubt changed, and their witness could then spread to countless others.
I am convinced that these invitations come to us in our own lives in a variety of ways. When we have the wisdom and courage to accept the invitation, the possibilities are beyond imagination. We may never see the fruits of the seeds that we have sown, but we trust that what is of God willgrow and spread, and God’s love will prevail.
It’s all about Love...
Let us pray:
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and Blessing,
Thanks and Love,