Acts 16:11-15

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper 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.


by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

The first European Christian was a woman. An independent, free-thinking woman whom God called to start a church in her home. That’s not the theme of this devotion. I just like to say it because it makes me happy.

God opened Lydia’s heart to listen eagerly to Paul’s message about the good news of Jesus, and she responded. Do I listen “eagerly” to God’s word? Is it transformational in my life the way it was in Lydia’s? Sometimes I wonder if my familiarity with the Bible hinders me from a true encounter with something life-changing. Do I approach God’s word with curiosity and wonder, with an open mind and heart? I can’t always say yes. But when I do approach it that way, it is transformational.

Holy Spirit, open my mind and heart to receive

your word each time I read or hear it. Amen.