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 9:36-42. New Revised Standard Version
To enter the world of our scriptures this morning we do not have to leave our minds at the door, but we do need to accept two assumptions:
1. God is still working through the Holy Spirit in the lives of people today.
2. God is in fact eager to transform brokenness into new life.
Knowing others care is very empowering. And if our caring helps communicate that God cares—well that is often how God chooses to work in the world.
Rising with Jesus means to be open to people we might not otherwise be open to. See Matthew 18:15-17 for the steps of forgiveness!