10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies...
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This is one of the most memorable moments of my marriage. There are hundreds of other more mundane moments which are imbedded in my memory from the more than 29 years we have been a couple. I think about the birth of our son Josh, when she once again proved what a "trooper" she is. There are lots of times I've put her into uncomfortable situations and asked a lot of her to support me. I haven't always been the best I could be at supporting her publicly or privately. Still, she's proven her character over and over. She is the epitome of a Proverbs 31 wife, a strong, professional woman, an accomplished wage earner who has made possible so many sacrifices my calling has required. An able administrator and organize who takes care of her family and home far better than her men would on their own.
Today's passage exhorts husbands to "honor her for all her hands have done...". This may not be the public gates of our city, but it is as public as I can make it. I'm so thankful for my wife Kimber. I'm blessed and fortunate, and I don't ever want to taker her for granted.
Covid-19 is putting pressure on our household in every way imaginable. We're in it with so many of you. Our college-aged son is home for the duration. My congregation is staying at home for the duration. Kimber is going to work at the hospital. It makes me anxious; which makes me prayerful. It makes me grateful.
This post (if she reads it) might make her uncomfortable. She doesn't like to be an illustration or the center of attention. But I needed to brag on her and ask you to pray for her and all of her fellow health care and hospital workers.
The Old-Testament book of Proverbs has long been source of daily inspiration and wisdom in my life. All during the month of April I'm going to post a Proverb or a passage from a Proverb on my @hucrestcog Facebook stream. I hope you'll click and like that stream each day. Some day's an extended reflection will likely appear in this blog as well.
If you find these post encouraging or helpful, please spread the word!
Grace and peace,