Needed Too Much To Stay Dead
When a family or church loses someone, it’s interesting to see what folks point to when they try to convey what the person’s life meant. For example, one of my friends was a piano player. If he heard it, he could play it. So when he died and Mary and I were visiting with his wife and grown children, they pointed to the piano across the room and we talked about the good times we had listening to their loved one’s skilled fingers playing.
When Tabitha, a godly woman suddenly became ill and died in Joppa, all the widows gathered around. Take a careful look at what they showed Peter to help him know what her life meant to them.
“Now in Joppa one of the followers of Jesus named Tabitha (the name means “gazelle” and in Greek the name is Dorcas, “deer”) was a woman full of good works and constantly doing tender acts of mercy. In those days she became ill and died. They washed her body and placed it in an upstairs room. Now Lydda was close to Joppa. So when the followers of Jesus heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men urging him, ‘Don’t delay! Come with us right way!’ Peter got up and departed with them.
When he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room and all the widows were standing around Tabitha’s body weeping. They showed Peter the tunics and other garments Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter sent everyone out of the room, got down on his knees, and prayed. Then he turned to her and said, ‘Tabitha, get up!’
She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. He extended his hand and raised her to her feet. He then called for the saints and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa and many believed in the Lord. Now Peter stayed for quite some time in Joppa with Simon, the tanner.” Acts 9:36-43
Tabitha’s tender care for needy widows in Joppa and her skill as a seamstress was so important that God heard the Apostle Peter’s prayer and sent her back from the dead. She needed more time on earth to express her tender mercies to those who loved her.
LORD, in your family help us to honor women like Tabitha who without a lot of noise diligently get clothes and food to those in need. Thanks for the new director for Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County. Give her strength as she tries to personally visit the more than seven hundred folks they are serving meals to on a daily basis.
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