Thursday, May 25, 2023
[Tabitha, or Dorcas in Greek, had died.] 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. But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, "Get up, Tabitha." And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.
O God, I am astounded at the non-extravagant description Luke gives us of the raising of Tabitha. Though centuries later, my heart swells with joy for the widows and poor people who received their beloved sister in Christ back from the dead. I know you hate death, Father. I know that you sent Jesus to liberate me from my fear of death.* Thank you! When I find myself in the place of suffocating grief, please, dear Holy Spirit, be my comforter. Renew my hope that Jesus will not only make things right but that he also will invite me into his glory to share reunion and eternal life with all the faithful whom I've lost to death. In the authority and power of Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
* Hebrews 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
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