Wednesday, May 8, 2019
“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.” [Acts 16:15]
Lydia was a merchant, a dealer of purple cloth, in a historical time when women had no status unless they were part of a male head of household. Yet, her story doesn’t mention a male business partner or husband. She courageously stands on her own as a woman with a business and a household. When have you had to be courageous in the face of societal norms, as Lydia did, whether you are female or male? Do you have people in your life like Lydia who courageously challenged societal norms? I remember my mom, as she worked as an aircraft assembler in a predominately male field. She would tell me stories of how she gained the respect of those she worked with by offering her gifts and skills to help others. It takes courage to be different than what is expected by those all around us. Are you courageous like Lydia?
God of all creation, you have gifted each one of us uniquely. Help me to recognize the gifts others have to offer without exception and give me the courage to share the gifts that I have been generously given to bless others as well. Amen.