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Breathing in: Holy Spirit, enter in

Breathing out: Holy Spirit, bring your peace

Breathing in: Holy Spirit, enter in

Breathing out: Holy Spirit, bring me life

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In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas). Her life overflowed with good works and compassionate acts on behalf of those in need. About that time, though, she became so ill that she died. After they washed her body, they laid her in an upstairs room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two people to Peter. They urged, “Please come right away!” Peter went with them. Upon his arrival, he was taken to the upstairs room. All the widows stood beside him, crying as they showed the tunics and other clothing Dorcas made when she was alive.

Acts 9:36-39

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Think

Tragedy strikes the early church in Joppa as Tabitha becomes ill and dies. Tabitha had proven herself to be a good person, a pillar of the church, and a disciple. Those around her begin to grieve the loss of their dear friend. They gather the pieces of her creativity and surround the space with the evidence of her good works and skill. When Peter arrives, the mourners use the objects she created to help tell her life story. Peter begins to understand who Tabitha was through her own creations.

When a loved one dies, they make an impression on our hearts in love. Sometimes they leave a wider impression with their creations and impact on a community, as Tabitha did. As long as we have breath, we have a divine call on our lives to live as Tabitha lived and as Jesus lived.

What are you creating in this world? Would it tell the story of your life and the impact you have had on the community?

Sarah Karber

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Pray

Gracious God, help me to create the image of who I am as a reflection of you. Let me share the gift of life I have received from you. Call me to new challenges and support me to create opportunities for your good in the world. Amen.

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Go

Those who find me find life; they gain favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 8:35

Sarah Karber

Sarah Karber is an ordained United Methodist, working as a Chaplain at Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis, MN. She loves photography, hiking, and watching the Cubs win. Life is best when she gets to share those special moments with her partner Shawn, rescue dog Ember, and newest addition: baby Addie.

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