Yesterday, I was captured by an incredible story of Debra Davis. Debra lives in San Diego and is a school cafeteria worker. In her free time, she cooks and delivers meals to the homeless...all on her own dime. What causes her to spend (and sometimes overspend) her hard earned money on others? Pure joy! You can check out the clip from CBS Sunday Morning by clicking here.
At the end of Acts 9, we read of a woman named Tabitha who also had a heart for helping the poor. Take a look:
36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”
39 So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. 40 But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.
42 The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.43 And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.
Tabitha was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. When Peter arrived at the place where Tabitha died, the place was filled with widows who had clothes and coats that were made by Tabitha. When people around you think of you, and they think about what you always do, does it coincide with kindness, sacrificial giving, helping others? At the Table, we want to be known for our Sacrificial Love. Giving and serving are costly, we believe it is worth it!
With sincere love for each of you,