Sunday, October 18, 2009


Today’s Reading - Acts 9:36-38 (NIV): 36In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas, who was always doing good and helping the poor. 37About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!"

It is wonderful to have someone to call upon in the time of sorrow, especially when a friend or family member or someone like Dorcas, who cared for many in her community, becomes ill and succumbs to death. Many people had been touched by her generous life, her spirit of servant hood to the poor.

The disciples and those around her knew that God had provided many miracles and in their desperation, they sent for Peter to come to their side. Their need was for comfort. God is our comforter and He wants to be, however, many of us only cry out to Him when we need his comforting. There is more to God! As we cry out like this, no matter what the human need is, we are assured the presence of God.

Call upon Him in confusion, in transition, in moral decisions, in ministry needs, in service choices, in opportunities to do good, in joys of new birth, new relationships, marriages, your children’s accomplishments and in all things He will be your comforter! Oh, the splendor of the King!

Dorothy Drago Brucks
Aldersgate UMC
Nixa, Mo.

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