“She Opens Her Mouth with Kindness” –

Proverbs 31: 26      She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. [1]

Tiffany Gunter, the Deputy Director  for the Regional Transportation Authority, gave a brief overview during both worship services yesterday of a ballot proposal for funding mass transportation in Detroit and its surrounding counties.  As I listened to her explain what is involved in the ballot proposal and all that regional transportation offers the people of southeastern Michigan, I thought of the similarities between Tiffany and the good wife who is spoken of in Proverbs chapter 31.

The “Good wife” in Proverbs 31 has several good qualities.  She is smart, industrious, looks to the ways of her husband and children and most of all is a woman of faith.  As I read proverbs 31 a few minutes ago I was struck by something I had not realized before.  The “good wife” in chapter 31 has a series of verses that attest to her exceptional qualities as a wife and mother, which are interspersed with one or two verses that seem to suggest that she also has a community interest that transcends her love and devotion for her children and husband.  Her love for her son and husband, Tod, are without parallel, but she also is focused on making the community a better place.  I officiated at their wedding a few years ago and remember it like it was yesterday. She is not so focused on her well-being and the well-being of her family that she does not also lend a hand to the poor.  As I listened to Tiffany speak I thought about the woman who is portrayed in Proverbs 31. Look at the following section of chapter 31:

Proverbs 31: 11      The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will have no lack of gain.

12  She does him good, and not harm,

all the days of her life.

13  She seeks wool and flax,

and works with willing hands.

14  She is like the ships of the merchant,

she brings her food from far away.

15  She rises while it is still night

and provides food for her household

and tasks for her servant-girls.

16  She considers a field and buys it;

with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

17  She girds herself with strength,

and makes her arms strong.

18  She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out at night.

19  She puts her hands to the distaff,

and her hands hold the spindle.

20  She opens her hand to the poor,

and reaches out her hands to the needy. [2]

 

Again, back to Tiffany.  She is a young mother, still new in her marriage, but duking it out on behalf of mass transportation for Detroit and its surrounding areas.  To me, Tiffany represents the new woman in 2016 – she is trying to do it all personally, professionally and with a sense of commitment to improving the quality of life for the poor.  Some people may not like or appreciate the “New woman” who tries to handle traditional family life, but also will stand up to men, speak up in the company of men, and not back down to men.  I give my respect to all women who try to live up to the image of the woman in Proverbs 31

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are some of the difficulties the modern woman has in living up to the image of the woman in Proverbs 31?
  2. What are the similarities and differences between the image of the woman in Proverbs 31 and what you see in today’s world?

 

Prayer:  Lord, I pray for every woman who strives for excellence on every level.  Bless the woman who is working to obtain a quality personal life, professional life and spiritual life. Lord, bless all men and women with a renewed sense of the possibilities for exceptional life in this life.  Remind us to remember the poor, the lost, the disillusioned, even as we push toward that kingdom which has no end.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Maxine Rushing

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Pr 31:26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Pr 31:11–20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.