Tuesday, May 7, 2013


The verse below is a prayer based on the story of Lydia (Acts 16:9-15, 40).  The geography involved makes Lydia the first European convert to Christianity.

We praise You, Lord, for Lydia,
Who dealt in purple cloth,
And was the first in Europe
To be clothed with the cross.
Convert our hearts to love You,
Convert our families;
Then turn us into givers
Of hospitality!

For those familiar with Lutheran Service Book, this verse may be sung as part of Hymn 855.