Thoughts: April 17, 1958
Well, we have had quite a time here in Joppa. Remember when you came from Jerusalem last year to visit Simon and me here in Joppa, and you said it was such a boring little town and nothing ever happened here? Well, I reckon you’d say things were a sight different if you’d been here last week.
You remember Tabitha, my neighbor who was always sewing? Tabitha was always making clothes for the sailors’ widows and orphans. She could stitch the straightest seam you ever saw.
Well, Tabitha up and died a few days ago, and everybody was right upset. The women laid her out, nice and proper on her bed, and we all mourned for her. Then Leah said she’d heard that Peter was over in Lydda – it’s not far away – and why didn’t we send for him?
Well, they sent word to Peter, asking him to come over to Joppa, and he did. He went right up to Tabitha’s room, and Leah ran right to him, crying and showing him the little clothes Tabitha had made.
Well, Peter dealt with Leah real quick-like and told her and all the women to go downstairs. They didn’t like it much, but they went.
Leah hung back just outside the door, and she heard Peter say, “Tabitha, arise.”
Well, Leah said she couldn’t keep from pushing the door open then, and there was Tabitha sitting up and smiling and looking real perky.
So everybody was after Peter to stay on awhile, and Simon had to pipe up and say, “You can stay at our place, Peter.”
Well, Peter took Simon up on it. Nine days now he’s been here, with people coming and going all the time and me cooking half the night. I tell you, I’m clear worn out.
Your loving sister,
Discussion: What would Peter have written home about his visit to Joppa?
Activity: When one of your friends has a house guest who lingers, take your friend a casserole.
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