I do hope today’s bit of Dorcas encourages you! Get your cup ready for some grace!
When we left off, Dorcas had died and the other disciples had sent for Peter.
Peter arrives and is taken up to the room where Dorcas was laid. And there he meets a group of people who Dorcas had blessed and loved. “All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.” (Acts 9: 39)
Widows (and their children) were generally poor and destitute, having lost their source of income when their husband died and had no real prospects of improving their circumstances. If their family did not take pity on them and help them, or if they had no family to do so, they were left desperate with nowhere to turn. Lonely and forgotten.
Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn 13: 34-35) Dorcas loved these widows. And by loving them, she let them know that they were not forgotten or alone. They were loved by Jesus.
And, Dorcas saw their need and decided to do something about it. She knew how to sew, so she made them clothes gave them to the widows. By meeting their material needs, she showed them Christ’s love and introduced them to the One who could meet their every need. These widows treasured their beloved Dorcas because she had followed Christ’s command to love.
I love this next bit: Dorcas was specifically called “a disciple” in the Bible, yet there is no mention of her being a teacher, a preacher, a worship leader, a small group leader, or even a church elder. She was a disciple because she followed Jesus’ commandment of loving one another. She saw women (and their children) who needed love and she loved them.
Friend, if you don’t feel like you have a “special gift” (said with a deep and religious voice), let Dorcas be an encouragement to you. You possess a most important gift — love. Dorcas was beloved, remembered, and singled out as a disciple because she loved, not because she got up in front of thousands to preach or taught a small class. She loved. You have a very special gift. The gift of love. You can be a disciple and a blessing to others, just like Dorcas.
Love your children. Love your husband. Love your church family. Love your friends. Love someone who feels lost and forgotten. Love other moms (who often feel lost and forgotten staying at home, raising children, leaving the house only to grocery shop or shuttle children to and from.) Love.
Dorcas made clothes because it’s something she could already do. But she did it out of love. Maybe you know how to do sew and could find a ministry which uses that gift. Do you cook or bake? Maybe you can find a ministry that provides meals to families or people in need. Do you love little ones? Maybe the nursery needs more workers at your church? Or maybe you know a mom who needs a break.
God has given you a very special gift to share with the world. Love one another.