Proverbs 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Dorcas was someone in the bible who was known to live this verse of Proverbs.

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.
Acts 9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper chamber.
Acts 9:38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come to them.
Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.Dorcas was sick and had died,
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Acts 9:41 And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

Just as Dorcas, we too can make a difference by our giving.

Because of her giving, others sought the Lord in her healing and others were led to believe because of her being raised from the dead. Her reaching out to others through service to the needy pointed others to Christ. How cool is this!
Your dispersing or giving to others can have the same effect. That which is dead, can be resurrected unto new life. The word stretcheth had a dictionary link of "to disperse or break apart as bread to others.
"So on days that you are feeling stretched beyond reason.
I hope you remember Dorcas and take heart that your stretching is not in vain.

~Debbie Chavers


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