In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. Acts 9:36-37, 39-42 NIV
The saints were gathered for the annual Mother’s Day program. As usual, the church was filled to capacity, with the Deacons setting out a number of extra chairs. After a beautifully planned program, the highlight of the service was reached: The Church Mother was singing the sermonic solo and be followed by the Bishop for the official message.
A spry and lively 94 years of age, the Mother came to the front of the sanctuary and was handed the microphone. The choir stood attentively, and the congregants leaned forward slightly in anticipation.
“May the work I’ve done, speak for me . . .” she belted out.
She never got to finish the song. At the sound of those words, strong and filled with conviction and truth, the power of the Holy Spirit fell, and church went up in praises to God. The Mother’s life and deeds were indeed speaking for her, and the Spirit and the saints bore witness to the truth. Living a holy, productive life is a powerful testimony indeed!
Just as the Church Mother’s life blessed her church and her community, another sainted Mother’s life blessed others as well. Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, held the testimony of “always doing good and helping the poor.” Many of us may give offerings to the mission auxiliary, donate clothes for the church’s garage sale, or even purchase school supplies for the back-to-school drive. And yet, can we be counted on to be actual “boots on the ground” – actively working in our communities and physically seeing and touching the people we profess to serve?
Mother Dorcas did. She did good and helped the poor and made clothes and robes for the elderly widows in her community. They knew her by name and were personally blessed by her ministry. Her works impacted her community so much that when she died, they sent for Peter instead of burying her! By faith, Peter prayed for the Lord’s resurrection power to be manifested. God heard his prayer, and Dorcas was presented alive to the believers and the widows – so she could continue to do her good works.
And what of you and me? What is our testimony? Can we sing a song about our life and works that is so filled with conviction and truth, the power of God is ushered in? Are there real, tangible things people can point to and say we have done – and can they say those things have been a blessing to their lives?
During this month we set aside to celebrate the work and ministry of Mothers, let’s be sure to be about our Father’s business and engage in good works of our own. Like Dorcas, and like that Church Mother, we want to say, “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me!”