Monday, April 8, 2019

Leviticus 14:33-57; Psalm 119:41-72; Mark 5:1-20

Widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats…which Dorcas made…he…presented her alive. Acts 9:39, 41

Dorcas means gazelle. In Hebrew, “gazelle” carries the idea of beauty and glory. Was Dorcas an attractive woman? Physically we are not told. But from a divine perspective she was gloriously beautiful. A heart committed to the welfare of others, particularly the disenfranchised, makes a person truly beautiful. What a precious gift was given to beautiful Dorcas. She was raised from the dead and shown the fruit of her labours—the smiling, tear stained faces of those she had blessed with her kindnesses, their hands literally full of her good works for them. When we are raised, what will we see? Will there be beauty then? —S. McEachern

In the quietness she waited, lines in her face, her hands rough and worn;
Marks of beauty unfading; sacrifice, faithfully borne for her Lord.—S. M.

April 8

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 14:33-57; Psalm 119:41-72; Mark 5:1-20

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Modern people balk at Christ’s exclusive claims. To affirm that there is only one way to be saved is deemed intolerant. Yet the Saviour, in whom alone is found eternal life, offers Himself freely to all. Only faith in Christ will deliver from sin and the eternal condemnation in the lake of fire that we all deserve. The Bible ends with this inclusive invitation: “’Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17). —Keith Keyser

His be the Victor’s name, who fought the fight alone;
Triumphant saints no honour claim, His conquest was their own.
—Whitlock Gandy