Her particular ministry seems to have been to widows and the kindness she showed was to make them tunics and other garments (v. 39). What a simple description of care and grace. Dorcas insinuated herself into the lives of her neighbors in such a way that when she was subtracted from their lives by death (before Peter raises her back to life) the grief of those who experienced her kindness was great.
O that God would help us to find simple ways to serve our neighbors and to extend to them the love of Christ. Ask Him. Ask Him for creative ideas to serve in ways that both fit your personality and the needs of your neighbors. Ask Him to help you to do what Jeremiah and the people of Israel were commanded to do when they were sent into exile.
- Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV)
- "But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
When we seek to be a blessing to our neighbors, we open up doors for the gospel that once were barred shut.