Living Centers

Recently I read the story of Dorcas and it ministered to my heart in a fresh way.

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” Acts 9:36-38 NLT

Dorcas was one of those rare souls with a servant’s heart. The Bible tells us she was always showing love to someone or helping the poor.  We’d probably find Dorcas comforting a bereaved family or sewing a coat for a needy child.  When she died, her friends were devastated and sent an urgent request to Peter. “Get here as soon as you can!”

Peter came and a miracle happened. Dorcas was raised from the dead.

I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t experienced “dead” places in their lives.  Their dreams have died or hopes have been dashed. Those parched places make the simplest tasks difficult.  A spiritual drought can wreak havoc on a soul.

But after a while the brook dried up. (I Kings 17:7 NLT)

living-water1There is only one place we can go to find a refreshing drink in our dry times. We should run to the feet of Jesus and spend time in His presence. He is our Restorer and gives us Living Water. He loves to revive withered spirits and resurrect “lifeless” souls.

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm,
and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm. (Joel 2:25 KJV)

If you are experiencing a “dead” place in your life, don’t despair. Raise your shield of faith and speak life to those “dead” places. Give a word of encouragement and hope to those who are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. As you do, the Holy Spirit will pour life into your own soul. Only when we are fully alive in Christ can we fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives.

A young couple renovated a building that had been a funeral home in a small Iowa city. Several ministries set up offices at the newly refurbished location. When asked what the new structure would be called, the husband smiled and replied, “The Living Center.”

As Christians, we believe in the resurrection, don’t we? Let’s be “living centers” for Jesus.



by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter


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