“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha … who was always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36, NIV, 2011).
The Book of Acts is intimidating. With all these stories about great sermons and mass conversions, miracles and last-minute escapes, riots and trials, shipwreck and imprisonment, why, you would think you’d have to be some sort of superhero to become a Christian! But Luke, the author of Acts, knows better than this, which is why he also tells us about ordinary people like Tabitha, a seamstress who cared for the poor. When she died, a group of grieving widows welcomed Peter to the room where her body lay, showing him, one after another, robes and other articles of clothing she’d made, lamenting the loss of her unique, familiar, welcoming life with all of its rich contributions to the common good. Imagine Tabitha, “salt and light,” Jesus might say, doing her best for God’s glory, using her considerable skills in the “small things,” an ordinary, unschooled person, raised from the dead upon Peter’s arrival, maybe to demonstrate that “ordinary people” are in no way ordinary in God’s eyes! Today, we are praying, Jesus, please help me to notice the loving contributions of all of your people, especially _________ and _________.