DORCAS OF JOPPA

Acts 9:36-42

What were her thoughts when opening her eyesShe found herself, not where she had lain ill,Circled by loyal friends, but in that stillSmall upper room of hers? With what surpriseShe must have heard the words "Tabitha, arise"In Peter's vibrant voice! Giving her handIn quick obedience to that firm command,She rose alive and well. Perhaps old tiesOf love and service once again becameHer greatest joy. And if they brought her loom,A half-sewn garment, an unfinished cloak,Surely she saw what she must do; awoke—Through Peter's work—to greater love; her room,Her thoughts, her life, transformed by Truth's     clear flame.

Estella Mayer MacBride

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