My friend Karen died very suddenly this past summer. She had an amazing ministry knitting prayer shawls for many of her friends who were going through rough times in their lives. At her funeral her family laid out some of her handiwork, partly because it was a large part of who she was, but also I suspect because they wanted to honour the way she served others.
As Christians, when someone dies, we gather not only to mourn their loss and celebrate their lives, but also to proclaim that something else is going on. Death is not the end because in Jesus we are given the gift of eternal life. The disciples had witnessed resurrection already, especially Peter. It has shaped and transformed their lives into a people who live with a renewed sense of hope and trust in God, even in death.
As it made Peter, Dorcas and Karen who they were, may the knowledge of the resurrection move us to bear witness to Christ in all that we say and do.
God of hope, the signs of resurrection are all around us. May they enliven our faith and deepen our trust that you are and will one day make all things new. Amen. — KT