Acts 9:36-43 NIVUK
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became ill and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, ‘Please come at once!’
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood round him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
A friend of mine used to own a minibus which he used to shuttle us around on mission trips and to help others out when they needed something bigger than a car (or in my case a bicycle!) He called the minibus ‘Dorcas’. Dorcas only gets this short passage in Acts, but what a wonderful woman she clearly was. When I die, I’d love to be known as someone who devoted himself to doing good and helping the poor like her.
Lord, help me to help others today, just as you did.