Sometimes the rejecting ones are those who never should have been
That’s hard to take.
Why would God’s people be against Paul?
Maybe they believed a lie.
The Bereans accepted and loved the apostle
Who walked and walked to spread the Good News
They saw enlightenment
That came from closeness with the Lord.
So listen and learn
See if what Paul says is true
The Bereans did
And were blessed.
Mosaic at Berea, Greece, commemorating Paul’s time with them.
The Macedonian call was sent by God
So Paul and his companions went
To a Roman city there
And, outside the gate, a place of prayer.
With those listening to the good news
At river’s edge on the Sabbath Day
Was a purple-seller named Lydia
Her heart was opened by the Lord
She answered; her house also
When they learned what should be done
They were baptized, one by one.
Then by the flowing, shaded stream
The merchant bid the godly men
“Come and stay at my home,”
If they would consider her one of them.
They did. Lydia became
The first convert in Europe by name
By peaceful water in a setting fair
Still today, a place of prayer.