October is a month that is full of special commemorations for the church. Chief among them is the Reformation Day on October 31st, which the church observes on the last Sunday of October as Reformation Sunday. But the church remembers others during October as well. The first Sunday of October is LWML Sunday, an opportunity for us to remember and give thanks to God for His faithful work in the church of sending missionaries to preach the Gospel and for leading faithful women to give generously to the work of preaching and teaching the Gospel. On October 25th, the church remembers and gives thanks to God for three important women in the early church: Dorcas (also known as Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe.
Dorcas’ story can be found in Acts 9:36-42. Dorcas was a disciple from the city of Joppa, on the coast of the Mediterranean. She was known to be full of charity, and apparently a very good seamstress. When she died, her friends showed Peter all of the different garments she had made when she was alive. She was also the recipient of a miracle! [Read more…]