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Funeral Service Based on Tabitha (4 of 14)
Series: Funeral Series
DESCRIPTION: This funeral sermon is appropriate for a fine godly woman, especially if she liked to sew. It is based upon the Biblical character of Tabitha.
As we think about Wilda this morning I want to relate her life to another godly woman mentioned in scripture. Listen to this description of ''Tabitha'' given in Acts 9:36-39 ''In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha; she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, 'Please come at once!' Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Tabitha had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, 'Tabitha, get up.' She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.''
I'm going to point out three parallels between Wilda and this woman in scripture, Tabitha. I pray that you will find these three parallels comforting.
I. GOOD DEEDS
Acts 9:36 ''She was always doing good and helping the poor.''
Both Tabitha and Wilda were women of good deeds. Both spent their lives continually doing good, helping others and remembering the poor. Like Tabitha, Wilda was a seamstress who used her skills not only to help the poor but also to sew items that were useful to her friends and family. Items that they held onto as keepsakes and treasures.
Someone once said, ''We are shadow ...
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