So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Acts 9:39 HCSB
I have conducted several funerals. At some funerals there have been only a few family and friends gathered to express their grief and remember the one who has died while at others there has been a large group of family and friends. Some funerals have been held at a church because the chapel at the funeral home could not hold the number of people who have come to pay their respects. It is natural to have a large crowd when a child or young adult has died unexpectedly or has been killed in an accident. At other times the large crowd is because the person who has died has had such an impact on so many people.
When Peter arrived there many widows that were crying. They all had garments and stories of how Dorcas had helped them. In New Testament times the widows did not have a way to support themselves and had to depend on others for food, shelter, and clothes. Obviously, Dorcas had compassion on the widows and made clothes for them. She was remembered for her great kindness and generosity.
Challenge: Have you ever wondered how many people will attend your funeral and what will be said about you by those who conduct the funeral? Have you ever wondered what impact you will have on the lives of those with whom you come in contact each day? How will you be remembered? What legacy will you leave behind? Pray that God will show you how you can use your life to make a difference in the lives of others.