Read…the text with an open mind…then, read it a second time.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha…She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs…the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived…all the widows stood beside him, weeping…Peter knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up…Acts 9:36 ff
Look…at the scene in the reading.
Let your curiosity look for God at work in the people and their interactions.
Wait…in prayerful expectation.
Listen…for a word with a willing heart…
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Respond…seeking clarity and vision to the question…
How might our Diocese offer a different sense of belonging, meaning, purpose, and security than the dominant culture in the eastern half of Kentucky?