by Joe Alain

The Woman Who Always Did Good
Joe Alain
Acts 9:36-43

The mother of three children, Patricia Evans was very active in her community. She was the first Director of the Governor's Office of Women's Services in Louisiana and a pioneer in implementing changing laws dealing with family violence. She worked tirelessly to see more women elected to political office. She was remembered this week by her family for her community service among the poor in New Orleans and as a champion of social justice.

May Currier was a retired school teacher. She was very active in her church in Plaquemine and her family remembered her passion for painting and keeping up with all of the activities of her four grandchildren. Nelrose Thurston was a long-time resident of Denham Springs and a former member of Hebron. She was remembered by her family this week for always providing meals, cakes or pies for family, friends, and neighbors. One of her passions was preparing food for people who were elderly or sick.

All three of these mothers who died this past week were remembered by family and friends as women of good works. The tributes may have been stated differently, but each woman was memorialized for her love and service, for making a difference in the lives of others. In our text today, we have the story of a woman who was a disciple of Jesus, who was remembered for her love and good works. Two thousand plus years later we still celebrate this woman for her good works. And though she has long passed off the world's scene, even in death she speaks!

A Life of Good Works (9:36)
Her name was "Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas)." I'll be referring to her as Tabitha for no particular reason except that I don't really feel comfortable calling her Dorcas. She was a "disciple" of Jesus, the only time this word for disciple is used in the feminine form. A disciple is one who adheres to the teachings of Jesus, who follows Jesus. A disciple learns from Jesus and does what He did while ...

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