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Acts 16:15 When [Lydia] and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.
This is similar to what happens to Lydia. A wealthy woman, a dealer in purple cloth, Lydia has gathered with other women by a river for prayer. Paul and his companions approach her and begin to tell their story, and by God’s grace “their” story becomes her own. “Come and stay at my home,” she says. And her example prevails upon us to do the same. The story of Lydia is a story of moving from a posture of “them” and “us” into a bonded, beloved community.
MOVING FORWARD: Have you had a Lydia moment in your life? How did it change you?
Good Book Club Reading: Acts 16:1-15