A woman full of good works and charitable deeds.
Sister Patricia (HSM)
In the video “Tabitha: A woman full of good works”’ Sister Patricia encourages saints to do good. We often focus on the twelve disciples as followers of Jesus and we sometimes overlook others who followed Jesus. A few women are specifically mentioned as being Jesus’ followers. Luke tells us that there were a large group of women who were also followers of Jesus. Mary (called Magdalene), Joanna the wife of Chuza and Susanna are listed along with the disciples. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. In the book “Acts” Luke goes further to reveal important information about Tabitha, another woman.
“At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.”
What makes Tabitha different is her good deeds towards the widows for whom she sewed tunics and garments. This must have been a tedious job for her considering the technology of the time. Cutting, assembling, fitting, altering and sewing garments, cloaks and robes by hand must have been labour-intensive endeavours. Yet she willingly gave off her time and effort to help others.
The whole community fetl a great loss when Tabitha became sick and died. They send two men to summon Peter to come. God miraculously restored her to life through Peter and the Bible says, “Peter presented her to the saints and widows”. Her example should be an inspiration to all Christian people to serve others by whatever talents they are blessed with.