She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant,
she brings her food from far away.
She rises while it is still night
and provides food for her household
and tasks for her servant-girls.
In the past few decades, it seems that our culture has pitted women who work outside the home against women who work inside the home. Depending on one’s particular outlook, one group gets praised and the other criticized. In the Ode to a Virtuous woman, both groups (or the complete woman) is worthy of praise.
The praise is first given to the woman who is a homemaker:
She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands.
She secures food for the family.
She works from before the sun comes up to probably past its setting.
The woman who cares for her household is to be praised.
Thank you, God, for the women in my life who have and do provide for my household and for those homes around me. Amen.