Her name was Tabitha. People called her Dorcas which was the Greek version of her name.
The locals and Christians thought she was an indispensable part of the community. That’s why her death was hard to accept.
When a few of them heard that Peter, the prominent apostle was in a nearby city, they just had to grab their chance. Dorcas could live again.
The numerous widows that Dorcas had cared for waited around her bed. Tears flowed freely as they looked upon her lifeless body. “Not Dorcas.” “Why, Lord?” “Not her.”
They watched over her body while it became even colder. “We’ve sent for Peter. He’ll come,” one must have said to encourage the others.
Friends, children, men, and women. They waited around her bed. Some must have been praying. Some might have kept silent. Some must have been uncontrollable. After all, they were human like us.
Suddenly there was the noise of footsteps and men’s voices as Peter and some others climbed upstairs to the room where they were all waiting.
Hearts beat faster. Everyone was watching.
“Look what she made us,” they said. “You must do something. You must help her. You must help us.” The widows became hysterical. They were weeping and showing Peter the clothes Dorcas had made for them.
Peter took a deep breath. He knew what he was coming to do. It was all about the authority of Jesus and by His Name.
He asked them to leave. This was a delicate situation. He needed to be alone.
He got down on his knees and prayed. He thought about the tangible kindness and love of this woman who had turned her own pain into joy and sacrifice to the glory of God. He needed this miracle. These widows needed her. Turning towards her he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Dorcas opened her eyes. She saw the man and she sat up.
“Dorcas lives!” Peter called out.
“Dorcas lives! Dorcas lives!” they echoed as they rushed as one to the room where Dorcas once dead, now lived.
And Dorcas still lives.
At home with her Saviour.
Dorcas’ account is found in the book of Acts, told in the ninth chapter. Her life was a powerful testimony of the transforming power of the gospel and Christ’s love. Her sacrificial life must have been difficult in many ways but joy giving. She was a true servant of Christ Jesus. She was a disciple of love.
No one becomes like Dorcas by simply being nice. Her faith was the kind that endured through suffering with others. She did not merely give hand outs. She lived alongside those that Christ had called her to love. And that’s what Dorcas’ story is all about.
Lord, please give us hearts that love in truth. Give us the grace to love like You. In Jesus Name. Amen. Thank You Lord.