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Dorcas redux, Sandy by TheRevSteve
Dorcas redux, Sandy, a photo by TheRevSteve on Flickr.

From the Acts of the Apostles reading at Holy Communion:

Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.
(Acts of the Apostles, chapter 9, verses 40-41, NRSV)

Tabitha occupies just 7 verses in the Bible – and for 4 of them she’s dead. An ordinary woman doing the good she could with the means she had. A ‘nobody’ in the world’s terms, but precious to God. Touched by God’s grace in a spectacular way.

This glass is a section of a window in St. Swithun’s church, Sandy, Bedfordshire.

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