God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

He Gave her his Hand and Helped her Up

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ 39So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner. Acts 9:36-43
Tabitha, get up
resurrection people
we are meant to be resurrection people
people who believe that there is always a second chance
people who believe that the end is never the end
people who believe that a new day will dawn with a new chance at life

Tabitha, get up

she was a woman of good works and charity
she was ill and died
Peter come to us without delay
Peter came with them
she was surrounded by widows
they told him their stories
they share her good works
they told of the cloth and showed him
they shared all she had been to them

Tabitha, get up
Peter kneeled with her
Peter prayed with her
Peter said, Tabitha get up
she opened her eyes
she sat up
Peter gave her his hand and helped her up

he gave her a hand
he didn't leave her alone
he didn't leave her to herself
he didn't tell her she has access to care
he didn't tell her to get a better job with better benefits
he gave her a hand and helped her up
he helped her up
he provided the means for her to rise

he gave her a hand and helped her up
will you do the same
when you see someone dead inside
will you give them hand and help them up
when you encounter the lifeless
will you give them a hand and help them up
when you encounter the stories of a life well lived
will you give those sharing a hand and help them up
when you the powerful, the deciders, the ones who can change the law
when you in charge encounter the ill and dying
will you give them a hand and help them get up

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