Appreciating Dorcas

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who 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.”  Acts 9:36-38

Can’t you just hear these women?  Grieving by sharing their memories and favorite things about Dorcas. Bragging on her.  Wanting Peter to GET IT that this loss was a huge one, that Dorcas will be missed, that she was cool, that she could do things, that she had talents, that she spent herself for the poor, that she was their friend and that he clearly should have known her.  

I love these little details in Scripture.  This is so real. If someone was making up this stuff, they would — in my opinion — have no incentive to add the little details about things that crying women rambled on about at a death scene.  Mundane stuff.

And then the practically routine act of healing.  Dorcas lived to see another day.  And, probably, make another robe, do some more good and minister to more poor.  And perhaps Peter got a chance to appreciate her himself.  She was appreciated.

~ by Cary on November 8, 2008.

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