“While She Was with Them”
“So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas had made while she was with them” Acts 9:39. What wasn’t remarkable was that the Holy Spirit would work through Peter to heal a paralyzed man who had been bedridden for eight years. He had already done something that amazing with a man “lame since birth” in Acts 3. Even Peter’s shadow seemed to heal (Acts 5:15). Nor was it remarkable that Peter would raise Tabitha from the dead. Many gifts were given to Jesus' followers in the early first century to testify to the gospel (Hebrews 2:3-4). No, it’s that believers spoke more of Dorcas’ earthly accomplishments rather than the hope she had in the resurrection. Jesus didn’t do this. While consoling Martha in the death of her brother, He spoke only of the life to come for one who died in the Lord. What was Lazarus’ occupation or hobbies? Jesus gave her hope before he raised him up. And that’s what we who know hope must do for a world that has no hope—we turn their focus to things eternal. They forgot her crafts when she was presented alive.