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Tabitha & Mars

She is s little girl whose presence is so powerful that when I look at her I can see that she has had an encounter with the Lord. I can see a light that shines from inside her and comes out and to be witness to the view makes me want to bask in her presence and in her words and in her smile. At 12 she has gone through chemotherapy and just a few weeks ago she has went through a 12 hour surgery where the tumor was removed from her brain. When she woke up the doctors said she was lucid and verbal. She knew where she was and why she was there. I remember the pastor spoke some months ago about the young girl Tabitha in Acts 9: 3-43 and in the Amplified Bible it reads:"36Now there was at Joppa a disciple [a woman] named [in Aramaic] Tabitha, which [in Greek] means Dorcas. She was abounding in good deeds and acts of charity.37About that time she fell sick and died, and when they had cleansed her, they laid [her] in an upper room.38Since Lydda was near Joppa [however], the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him begging him, Do come to us without delay.39So Peter [immediately] rose and accompanied them. And when he had arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood around him, crying and displaying undershirts (tunics) and [other] garments such as Dorcas was accustomed to make while she was with them.40But Peter put them all out [of the room] and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, Tabitha, get up! And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she raised herself and sat upright.41And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling in God's people and the widows, he presented her to them alive.42And this became known throughout all Joppa, and many came to believe on the Lord [to adhere to and trust in and rely on Him as the Christ and as their Savior43And Peter remained in Joppa for considerable time with a certain Simon a tanner."In this story Peter was able, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to ask Tabitha to simply get up and even though she had died she arose. Here we see a little girl who the community loved. She was known to be a kind young girl, who simply had the ability to sew, to create a garment out of fabric and the garments were so exceptional that the women in the town allowed Tabitha (aka Dorcas) to make them for them. The men so loved her, I suspect because their spouses and the women in the community spoke highly of her and they respected her for her ability to create and for her kindness always shown to them. The men loved her. So, when she took ill and died suddenly, the first reaction of the women after much shock and crying was to make sure the child's body was clean and properly taken care of - these women were walking in reality. The men's reaction was also shock; however for a man, the ultimate in responsibility is to be able to fix the situation and make it right. As caretakers they are at their best, when solving a problem and coming out victorious as the end result. They immediately send out two men from the community to go and find someone to help make it right and there was Peter. Peter being a man who also suffered from this ability to want to solve a problem and rescue a damsel in distress, immediately came and did so. Tabitha was told to get up, she did and Peter was the hero of the moment. The community rejoiced and told the story over and over again to all who would listen.This reminds me of the differences first explained to me many years ago in the form of the best selling author of the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Dr. John Gray. http://www.marsvenus.com/john-gray-bios. Men and women are different and yet the basic humanity when expressed for the common good if exercised, will result in a resurrection of the spirit of truth and love and completeness.Our little girl whose light illuminates from inside her, has affected a community of believers and I daresay nonbelievers. As we go forth and proclaim her trials and her pain we tell of the victory and therefore a teaching moment becomes imbedded in the lives of those who hear us. We want people to know that there is a God and we want people to hear in our voices and see in our demeanor that we have been changed. She has changed all of us. She has made us sit back and realize that life is indeed fragile and that it is in constant motion. One day we can be up and one day we can be down - life throws you so many curves and they can be seen as fair or not fair; either way, it matters not. What makes her story and Tabitha's story run parallel are the extreme kindness and goodness that each child possesses, which makes the adults in her sight arise and call her blessed.My little girl is for me a touchstone to reality. She reminds me that we are always in His presence. She reminds me that I am to give thanks and I am to give to her what she has given to me; support, kindness, love and the belief in Jesus that sustains and provides.They said she walked in the operating room, she did not want to be wheeled in on the gurney. My God. She has been risen. When I went to see her a few days ago, her skin was beautiful, her left eye slightly swollen from the incision into her skull to remove the shrunken tumor in her brain, her presence was aglow. She gave me a hug, she thanked me for typing her newsletter, she talked about her prayers for the youth, she spoke with the determination of an adult and yet the voice of a 12 year old child. I thanked her and told her it was my pleasure.When I grow up, I want to be like Mars. Blessed and highly favored is my little girl. Blessed indeed.Yolande Barial Your Words Project:
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