A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she 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.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Each year, when I look for stories for VBS, I try to find ones that have females as well as males in them. It’s not always easy, particularly trying to find heroines whose names are given. Our theme of Pilgrimage to the Holy Land meant that I was looking for people who followed Jesus and would have something to demonstrate in the marketplace. So, I am grateful for the story of Lydia who opened her heart to God and her home to Paul. We got to hear her story and to tie-dye t-shirts with purple cabbage (rather smelly, but fun). We were all blessed this week that despite the need for social distancing and minimal participation, our children were able to learn about following Jesus and caring for others.
Holy God, thank you for all the stories of the bible that show us how to follow you. Thank you also for our children, who come to you with energy and imagination. Help us to do the same. Amen.