Sunday Scriptures – Purple

The Discovery of Purple by Peter Paul Rubens, ...

The Discovery of Purple by Peter Paul Rubens

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, ” come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.  –Acts 16:13-15

Lydia was probably a wealthy woman, a dealer in goods sold only to the wealthy. Usually only royalty wore purple cloth because it was so expensive, good purple dye being difficult to make.

Perhaps she was a widow, necessitating her working outside the home, and if so, perhaps she was older than Paul and Silas.

It seems she owned a house and personally kept a household staff.

Probably she was a pleasant person, given to hospitality, and motivating her household enough that they followed her in her beliefs.

She seems intelligent and rather bold, in her conversation, inviting and persuading men to stay at her house, but if she was older and the house was well-staffed, it would not seem out of place for her to do so.

We know women like Lydia and she inspires us to work harder, with more cheer, and to reach out more


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

I went to town with “purple” on my mind, for some reason (!) and was shocked to see the propensity to purple all around me.

purple shed

Purple Shed

I found the purple shed behind the house that used to be purple. We are so glad the new tenants painted the house white, but the shed remains in its original orchidity.

purple ribbon

Purple Ribbon

For some reason, purple ribbons flutter all over town. Purple is not the school color; red is. So why these ribbons everywhere, I do not know.

purple dragon

Purple Dragon

purple egg

Purple Egg

Then, there is the motel with the purple dragon that laid the purple egg. This is an advertising ploy and attracts many families with children and red-hat ladies. And me.

Many beautiful examples of purple exist in all of creation, but these are just weird.


purple fence

Purple Fence

However, the local Hispanic restaurant uses every color in the rainbow for its decor. The fence happens to be purple.

Somehow, I don’t feel quite so weird. . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

My husband and I have been married 42 years. Since we both grew up with lilacs in our mothers’ yards, we wanted them in our yard for our children.

Almost every place we lived, I tried to grow us a lilac bush.

I had little success, which surprises most people, since they are an easy-going plant. We’ve moved about 15 times, so we left a wide wake of surprised friends.

We’ve settled in, where we now live. On this property, which has amazingly elevated, rocky soil, are four lilac bushes: a pink, a French blue, a white, and a wild purple. They bloom. They grow. They survive drought. We can hardly believe it!

purple bouquet

Purple Bouquet

The fragrance is the stuff of dreams.