Acts 9:39 (ESV): 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.
Luke, in the last part of Acts 9 and then in Acts 10, records Peter’s physical movement as he traveled from place to place, which reflects his mental and spiritual movement that led him to accept Gentiles as equal candidates for God’s grace.
In Joppa, a little known woman named Dorcas had made a huge impact upon the entire community, sewing clothes and distributing them to people in need, as well as doing other good deeds. Dorcas had died prematurely, and the believers sought Peter to come.
I want to live such a life of generosity and charity that my community will also be sad when I am gone, not because I am necessarily any special person, but because I was a good ambassador of Christ, sharing the love of Jesus by deed and word.
Heavenly Father, help me to develop a mindset of generosity and caring for others. Help me to see needs in my community. Give me the faith and push to do something about it. Amen.