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Verses 40-42: “But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.”

My family and I were in a sports-themed restaurant watching the recent AFC Championship NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Toward the end of the game, my wife asked me about an interesting graphic that appeared on the TV screen about Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots pass-catching tight end. It was detailing not only his yards per catch, but the “yards after catch”; this was what my wife asked about. I described it was the yards that a receiver achieves after he has caught the football…the additional yards he gained during the play, not just the initial yards the ball flew from the quarterback to him. It was what he did after he caught the pass.

My wife remarked, “Kind of like what people do with Jesus after they accept Him as Lord and Savior…what they do with Him after they have been saved.” I paused from watching the game and thought, “that’s good.” I told my wife, “Honey, that’s real good!” and made a note to use that for an upcoming blog entry…which I just did. 🙂

Peter’s salvation was already assured, but he, like the other apostles, carried out Jesus’s command to the fullest, telling all the world about Him. Peter came when sent for, saw the grief of Tabitha’s (also translated Dorcas’s) friends. He prayed, and in the name of Jesus, raised her from the dead. The miracle was used to win many to believe in Jesus Christ. Like my previous post, Tabitha did eventually die and go to Heaven; Peter’s raising her didn’t give her immortality on Earth. But accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and trusting in Him does give you eternal life.

So…what are you doing after you catch the ball?

Something to think about.

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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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