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)
Do you find this story a little hard to believe?
If so why?
We believe Jesus rose from the dead. We believe Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb. And we have heard Jesus tell the disciples that you will do these and greater things. So why is it so far-fetched that a disciple of Jesus can raise someone from the dead?
And a person who was devoted to acts of charity and good works.
We can do this. We can through our good works, make someone’s day, and bring them new life.
Your smile might be the one thing that brightens another’s day.
Do good works and acts of love always.