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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 5, 2018

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SATURDAY, May 5

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.

Did you notice the shift in tone and voice in how Luke is telling us the story of the early church? The majority of Acts is written in third person: We hear of Paul and his actions, the apostles and their debates. But in a few places—including this passage—“we” join in on the action, and Paul’s journey becomes our own.

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

PRAY for the Diocese of the Central Philippines

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