For my poem on John 14:23-29, "Remember how, two weeks ago, 'The Father and I are one,' he said?" also for Easter 6, please go to the archives at the right for May 5, 2013, or go to http://lectionarypoems.blogspot.com/2013/04/sixth-sunday-of-easter-may-5-2013-john.html
A New Normality
Why do you think that they supposed
A place of worship was where clothes
Were washed? The women, there, would be!
- Down by the river, where you see
Still, those who for their families care,
In third world countries everywhere.
There, Lydia, by Paul baptized,
And her whole family, then comprised
The founding members of the Way
In Macedonia, arrayed
Not just in royal fabric's hue,
But were by love and prayer imbued,
Which wove their hospitality
Into a new normality.
Scott L. Barton
During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. 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.