But why Eunice?
Well, Sophie is encouraging us to make friends with women who are outside of our own age and stage, so she invites us to look at three such friendships in the Bible.
- Mary and Elizabeth, who each received unexpected callings
- Naomi and Ruth, who lived through heartbreaking circumstances in their redemption journey, and
- Lois and Eunice, who established a legacy of faith
Now, back to my question, “Why Eunice?”
Well, Sophie speculated that, of all the women listed above, Eunice could have been the most similar to you and me: middle-aged, a regular mom who teamed up with her own mom to teach her son about what really mattered, she didn’t have much leisure time, and her life was not very glamorous — preparing food, doing laundry, taking care of children, and despairing of ever “catching up.” She was overwhelmed.
Yet, Eunice seized opportunities to cross generations. She was a role model for younger people and listened to older, wiser voices.
The theme of this book is clear.
…we need to keep our spiritual eyes wide open as we walk our unique, God-ordained roads because (1) we need each other, and (2) sometimes the folks God sends to walk with us don’t look anything like what we expect.
I’m already deep into the first section of the book about Mary and Elizabeth, and I’m saving their story for tomorrow.