“Widows in that time would have had really no way of making ends meet for themselves. Tabitha was doing the work of the kingdom by caring for the widows in her community. So it’s no accident that when Peter raises her from the dead, that is saying something about the way of life we are called into. A way of life that has more power than death. She loved her neighbor as herself. She knew that blessed were the poor, for they are the ones who inherit the kingdom of God. The word is really plain if we know the shepherd’s voice. And the word is also hidden in plain sight so that we have to truly listen for it. Do you hear that word?
In our desire for this whole faith thing to be easy - and trust me, I know, all of us want it to be easy - we want Jesus to speak plainly. But maybe, we are called to step back for a second, and to truly listen to the word - to the plain and simple word that Jesus did speak. The plain and simple word that is the hardest thing for us to live: love God, love others, love self. And as you hear that word again and again and again - because this preacher really only has one sermon it sometimes seems - may be all individually and collectively give birth to and foster a Way of Love that will transform our hearts and all that we touch. May we give life to that which is dead. May the valleys of death’s shadow open up into pathways of light and life.“ - Rev. Jonathan Myers
Readings: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30