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Verses 36-39: “At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.”

My Uncle Howard was an incredible handyman. He worked for Alabama Power for decades, but his hobby was tinkering, repairing, and building things in his workshop. He and my Aunt Sara lived in a neighborhood bordered by 3 different churches. All 3 of the churches used to ask for Uncle Howard’s help from time to time, and he always gave it. At his funeral, the pastors of all 3 churches spoke. One of them had asked Aunt Sara permission to share something that he thought some might think offensive for a somber funeral, but it turned out to be just the perfect thing to salute Uncle Howard.

“How many of you have one of these in your homes?” asked the pastor. He held up a small piece of machined wood with a notch on the end, a bigger notch in the middle, a clothespin glued to the side, and a round end with a nail-sized hole in it to hang onto a peg. It was a handy device for pulling and pushing hot oven racks, and Uncle Howard used to make them and give them out like candy! Over half that huge attendance at the funeral raised their hands at having one. The pastor used this to talk about how Uncle Howard was always helping people…in big ways and in small ways.

I thought about Uncle Howard when I read the verse on the weeping widows showing Peter the tunics and garments that Dorcas would make them. They both thought of others and were always very giving. They both also ultimately passed away. I know my Uncle Howard is in Heaven; he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. The verse reminded me that sometimes sad things (like death) happen to good people. Dorcas did die…but God had plans for this woman.

More to come…

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