nullI reside in a college town whose school color is purple. The street signs and trash cans are purple, my neighbor’s mailbox is purple, and last week I saw a display of purple vacuum cleaners in a shop window.

Emblazoned across the entryway to the football stadium are the words “Purple Power.” When fans on the west side chant “purple,” those on the east reply back with “power.” My team, along with every other team, begins the season thinking we have the power to be number one. Yet only one team ultimately has the power to win the championship.

God reminds us that He is the one with true power. He will not only lead all season, He will be champion in the end! As Christians we know that power is from God alone. As Lutheran Women in Mission, we love our purple, but power is not in the color purple. It is in our almighty and all-powerful God.

The LWML Bible studies Who is Number one? and All Things Through Christ remind us of God’s power. Both are available as free downloads at

By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to take to heart the words, I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Susan Brunkow