By Elizabeth Prata
Dorcas Restored to Life
Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 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 made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. (Acts 9:36-41).
As a God-fearer, Lydia used to meet with other women by the riverside. (Acts 16:13).
Those must have been sweet meetings. After Lydia was saved and baptized she prevailed on Paul and his party to come and stay at her house. What a gathering that would have been! Wonderful discussions, questions and answers, prayers, and songs. How lively and refreshing! (Acts 16:15).
In Exodus 15:20, Miriam, leader of the ladies, took up a tambourine and danced and sang in extolling God for His deliverance of the People. How enthusiastic the women must have been in their joy!
In Luke, we read of several named (and unnamed) women who followed Jesus together. Mary Magdalene, Joanna wife of Chuza, and Susanna. These women had been healed by Jesus and now followed him, giving out of their means. (Luke 8:3). Imagine their fellowship, their discussions, and their excitement in extolling Jesus! When the sun went down and they rested from the day, they must have talked among themselves, marveling at His deeds and wonderingly imagined about His kingdom to come.
I wrote the other day about how some old-fashioned visiting with open Bibles or discussions centered about Jesus and His word are so refreshing. It got me to thinking about other times in the Bible when women got together and talked among themselves of Jesus and His wonderful kingdom and His beautiful person. My personal favorite is imagining Tabitha (named Dorcas) and her clothing-sewing circle.
Then I got to thinking how MARVELOUS it will be to meet all the sisters in heaven. Some I know here in real life, and some I know online. Others I don’t know at all but I will meet ‘up there’. We see the joy of Miriam, Dorcas, Joanna, or Lydia on earth, then imagine the joy we’ll feel when we gather to discuss our testimonies, our life in Christ, and extol Him together! Even now and even though such conversations are revitalizing when I talk of Him, I worry that I’m putting too much of myself into the conversation, or if I’m glorifying Him enough… but ‘up there’, our praise will be pure, refreshing, joyous, and perfect.
When things get too dirty or crummy or evil down here, think of sitting on the pure new creation grass, we ladies resting together under a strong tree in His glorious Light, talking joyously of His work in us ‘back then.’ Think of the heavenly chorus we will sing in, the women we will meet and know, the departed ones we’re reunited with- our talks and praises being pure and fresh. What a day that will be!