Acts 9:36-43 / Psalm 23 / Revelation 7:9-17 / John 10:22-30
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.”
So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
Acts 9:36-43, NRSV
Tabitha was a woman from Joppa known for befriending and helping the poor. God raised her from the dead through the Apostle Peter. Very little is known about her life, which makes it easy to pass right by her.
Her story reminds us that the kin-dom of God is primarily made up of people like Tabitha, “individuals who passionately serve others yet only want people to see Jesus, individuals who spend their lives for someone bigger than themselves.