Lydia’s Legacy was formed to give the women of St. Francis an opportunity to come together, to be productive, to engage in the study of scripture and principles of Christian living, and to fellowship with each other. The group also has produced prayer shawls, which are given to those in need of a reminder that somebody cares and Christ’s love is real and tangible.
The name of this ministry comes directly from the Bible. Lydia was a business woman, involved in her community, and defied the cliche that women should be passive sojourners through life. On the contrary, Lydia was productive, a successful merchant, and active in her community. But upon hearing about Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection, she did not gloss over the message as irrelevant to her daily life. Instead, she considered the prospect that the accomplishments of this world just might be irrelevant in the economy of eternity and made a decision to give her time and her care to Christian service.
“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” ~ Acts 16:14