Compassionate Love That Covers Us - Faithful

Compassionate Love that Covers Us

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. (Acts 9:36-39, NLT)

Obscurity is something not a lot of people are seeking in today’s culture. With influencers, platforms, and an increasing desire to grow a followers list, there isn’t much pointing us toward a simple, behind-the-scenes, quiet, and faithful life. In Acts 9 we meet an obscure woman of the Bible. She isn’t talked about much, and maybe to our modern ears, even her name seems a bit odd and out of place.

The first thing that strikes me about Dorcas is that she noticed those who were often overlooked. Verse 36 tells us that her reputation was for doing kind and helpful things for those that couldn’t give anything in return. She served for the good of others without asking in return. We also see that she made coats and clothes for the widows, who in that culture, were often overlooked and treated unfairly.

Although I am not skilled in sewing, my attempt to create a quilt for my adopted son Amos taught me that making a piece of clothing requires a great deal of time, planning, and effort. In ancient times, Dorcas would have meticulously hand-stitched and pieced together fabric or animal skin, which was a time-consuming and challenging task. However, her dedication, use of her talents, and love for others allowed her to provide warmth, care, and dignity to those who felt neglected and isolated.

What a beautiful and physical picture of the very love and grace God has shown us by covering our sin and shame (see 1 John 1:7).

As women created in God’s image, we have the privilege of seeking out, loving, and giving dignity to those right in front of us. Whether that is a trip to the grocery store, a widow in our neighborhood, or opening our homes to a local foster child.

Reflect: Write down the name of someone who needs to be reminded that they are seen and loved by God. This week, show them the love of Jesus by meeting a need of theirs, writing a note of encouragement, or making them a small gift.

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By Jacki C. King


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