On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Father God, as we consider this event in church history, may we reflect on the opportunities we have each day to be of service to Christ. As Lydia risked her reputation, so may we find ways to invite and include others, with hospitality and provision for their needs. In these uncertain times, keep our eyes on you and your great love for us, that we may share the peace and the calm we know that comes from you. AMEN