A capable person

         A capable wife who can find?
      She is far more precious than jewels.
                   —Proverbs 31.1

Yes, praise an industrious wife,
         with a good business head,
productive and wise
         (who sounds eternally busy….).
Praise a woman who excels
         in work men think their own.
         Praise, and do not be so surprised.

But, too: praise a capable person, married or not,
         who takes care of herself,
who honors both her calling and her limits,
         who rests when she needs to.
She is capable in work, assertive and wise,
         but more so in heart, attentive and generous,
able to appreciate beauty,
         abundant in forgiveness,
         kind, and a good listener.
She is strong, with courage to stay true to herself,
         and capacity to endure for the sake of love.
No one determines her worth;
         she knows it.
No one chooses her path;
         she owns it.
She is God’s Beloved, and does not apologize;
         and she sees that light in others.
Even when burdened by despair
         she carries the light within her.
Praise the capable person whose spirit is light,
         whose heart is love.
Praise, praise,
         and give thanks.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

September 16, 2021

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