Dec 18, 2011

Little Dorcas's (Acts 9)

It is more than learning to sew.  It is so much more than peppermint marshmallows and whipped cream.  It is even more than the giggles and fellowship.  It is training up young girls and women to have a love of ministering to others through using their gifts that God has given them.  

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.  

About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 

Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 

  Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. 

All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 

  Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” 

She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.  He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. 

Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 

This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

The Bible speaks of a woman named Dorcas who had the ability to sew. Exactly what her spiritual gift was, we’re not told; however, we do know that Dorcas used her talent to minister to the needs of many widows. Perhaps she had the gift of helping. Perhaps she had the gift of encouragement. Whatever her gift or gifts were, Dorcas dedicated herself to the service of the body of Christ and as a result brought much glory to God.  Pastor Terry Covey


deborah said...

Love the comparison!

Katie said...

So fun to see these pictures! Looking forward to January!