Lydia is part of life
Revelation 22:1-5 (NRSVA)
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.
Women in the Bible don’t get much of a chance to share their voice and viewpoint so this week I have invited Lydia from Acts 16 to write a week of reflections:
We used to meet by the river on the Sabbath. Women, friends, and fellows in our faith, it was a time to share stories and blessings and support through life. Life happens by the rivers. People washing clothes and people washing souls. Yes even baptisms happen at the river.
Rivers truly are the water of life as the passage says.
I met Paul by the river, sharing the stories of Jesus. River of new life and possibilities. River of faith. Although we brothers and sisters in Christ often meet in my house these days, we still flock to the river from time to time. We are still part of life, our faith in Jesus does not exclude us from that. I love the beautiful river in this reading, and as I think of it, we ourselves are sitting beside a city river doing our little bit to heal nations. We worship our Lord through that city, that river, through being part of the life of the world.
Dear God of flowing life,
Thank you that you are with us in all aspects of our lives
Remind us not to set ourselves apart from your world
Be with us as we explore life in all its fullness