Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Perfect Wife

I think it is not by chance that this poem concludes the book of Proverbs. Wisdom in Israel was not intellectual reflection far removed from real life. Wisdom was knowing reasons for living and how to organize one’s life, just as Solomon said. And, women have indispensable roles in all that makes for a happy home and allows persons to believe in life, to love, to laugh, to cherish, to be formed, and to be capable of serving.

I dedicate this entry to my wife (of 21 years by tomorrow January 2) - even though she does not ever read my blog. I am blessed a hundredfold to have her as my lifelong companion (and that makes me a lucky chap as well). This comes from Proverbs 31:10-31.

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax and makes cloth with skillful hands.
Like merchant ships, she secures her provisions from afar.
She rises while it is still night, and distributes food to her household.
She picks out a field to purchase; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is girt about with strength, and sturdy are her arms.
She enjoys the success of her dealings; at night her lamp is undimmed.
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.
She fears not the snow for her household; all her charges are doubly clothed.
She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing.
Her husband is prominent at the city gates as he sits with the elders of the land.
She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel.
She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness.
Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her:
"Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all."
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.


sunnyday said...

Happy anniversary to you & your wife, WillyJ! What a milestone =)

WillyJ said...

Thanks sunnyday!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Willy. A toast to you and your wife, to good health and good fortune, and may God's providence be such that the best is still to come.

- TE

WillyJ said...

Thanks, TE. We're having the CFC choir and chapter household tomorrow for breakfast and thanksgiving at our house. Wish you were here.