Jasper Church of Christ
Highway 96 South
P.O. Box 151
Jasper, Texas 75951
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.            (Acts 9:36-42
The example of Dorcas is powerful.  Her resources were used to provide tunics and garments for widows who were often poor and depended on others for assistance.  One has to be thankful for the heart of Dorcas which was filled with charitable deeds and good works.  When she became sick and died Peter went to the room and discovered all the widows were weeping and showing the clothes she had made them.
It all happened because of the contents of her heart.  Her love and compassion for those who were suffering was evident.  When she witnessed a need she was willing to do what she could to relieve the discomfort of others.  The lesson is simple and easy to understand.  When you see others in need, use what you have to meet the need.  You will bless others and you will receive the greatest blessing of all. 
I remain your brother, friend and servant,
Bobby L. South
3 John 2


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