May 7, 2019

For full passage click:  Acts 9:40-43“Peter 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.” vs. 40

The book of Acts tells the story of the exciting spread of Christianity from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. The ministry of Jesus was continuing–apostles and disciples were caring for the poor, healing the sick, and announcing the coming Kingdom of God. Peter’s visit to the home of Tabitha sounds like something that Jesus would have done, and the result was similar. The woman was literally on her deathbed and was restored to health. This wasn’t a resurrection, Tabitha would have to wait for that. But this was healing of the sort that has always been a part of the church’s story. When people grow ill or are at the point of death, the word goes out, healers are summoned, and prayers begin. Many times health is restored, whether through the prayers or medicine we can’t be certain, and there is always celebration and joy. Ultimately, with every person, there comes a time when aging and illness seem to have the final word and death occurs. It’s at this point that resurrection replaces resuscitation as our source of hope and comfort. As some have said, “However things turn out, we’re always winners.” Whether in the flesh or in the spirit, life does continue and joy abounds.

Thought for the Day: The most amazing healing that I have experienced.