Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
The passage I chose for today’s reflection is one small section of Proverbs 31, a chapter worth reading, especially if you are seeking inspiration during this time of fear and the unknown.
Verses 1 through 9 reveal advice King Lemuel’s mom gave him about what he should avoid as a leader and that he should always speak out for justice. Verses 10 through 31 is a famous poem honoring a strong, capable wife. It’s a beautiful reflection on the capability of a good woman who takes care of her family and also does extremely well outside of the home.
I wish I could call my Mom now whenever I feel lonely and uncertain about our current separation from the outside world. She would assure and comfort me, maybe suggest something to do to take my mind off all the bad news, just as she did before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s years ago. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
On April 8, Mom would have been 92 years old. She was born on Easter Sunday in 1928. Her mom used to tell her she was a very special gift from the Easter Bunny. She indeed was a special gift for all who knew her. Mom was wise, compassionate, tender, sympathetic, witty and strong.
Mom was my role model who helped form my values, attitudes and behaviors. Additionally, through prayer and my faith, I feel good, and I’m thankful for what I do have trying not to focus on what I don’t have.
Loving God, help us to see beyond the darkness and savor what is good in the world. Amen.