'Lydda was nigh to Joppa'

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What did Peter think
when he received that message,
that earnest, anguished request
to not delay, to hasten to Joppa
because Dorcas, whom they loved,
had died? 

Along the road, did he heed anew
the anguished pleas:
“Not her! Not Dorcas!”
(She of good works, selfless and kind.)

Did Peter hasten along the road,
hurrying forward in full emergency mode?
Once arrived in Joppa,
did Peter sprint up the stairs, two by two, 
rushing headlong into that upper chamber? 

Not he.
Calmly trusting in the Father,
understanding unending good,
rejoicing in Life eternal, 

Peter put them all forth.

Rejecting the false evidence,
reassuring the messengers,
family, and friends.

In Joppa
In Lydda
Along the way.

—Dawn Dickey

See Acts 9:36–42

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