"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."
Lydia would have definitely lived in Maryland if she would have been alive today. It's a veritable sea of purple out here. The Ravens beat the Steelers last Saturday night in their first play-off game and they are off to Gilette Stadium in MA. to play the Patriots tomorrow. Go Ravens!
I feel a connection to Lydia (not just because of the purple!). I feel her conversion story is similar to mine. She already had a knowledge and understanding of God, she was a "righteous gentile". After she heard Paul she was so moved "she and the members of her household were baptized". That is how God is, putting people in your life when you need them, speaking His truth into our open hearts. Thank you, Lord for the story of Lydia, opening our hearts to your word and your gift of everlasting life.
Today, of course, I'm dressed in purple. But the photo is a blast from a Christmas past. This picture is of most of my children (Charlotte and Frankie are missing) and me. GO RAVENS!!