Light, Mom’s Birthday, and Proverbs 31


This weekend has been hectic. First, Friday night, the lantern parade. Schools and public institutions gather together to parade around the main city square in a show of unity and to have some fun.

Saturday. I was up before dawn getting ready, and then went to work for three hours before skedaddling on up to town for the civic parade (which I managed to miss, along with most of my classmates, but that’s another story). Same story as Friday night except daylight, which means sunshine, heat, and a ton more people.

And today is Sunday. Bolivia’s Independence Day and my Mom’s birthday.

All of the above has worked together in my mind to have me considering three things: Light, Mom’s birthday, and Proverbs 31.

Yes, these three are related. The Proverbs 31 woman is a light in the world, and Mom is both of the above.


Proverbs 31:10-31 (KJV)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry: her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.



Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

 Truth. A virtuous woman, in whom one can confide a heart, a woman who is willing to work hard, to provide, to be resourceful, to care, to give, a wise woman—her price is far above rubies. Rubies can’t buy the things that last forever.

The lanterns from last night have me thinking about light and about the Proverbs 31 woman.


Those little lanterns can be bought for just over a $1 here, but a real light in the world cannot be bought.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Mom, you’re a light in this world, an example, and I love you.

It’s so easy to take you for granted—up before dawn, so good at everything you do that I don’t even know where to help. A meal on the table three times a day, every day. You’re the real-life Wonder Woman.

Thank you, for everything that you do. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me, for the example that you’ve shown.

I love you.


What about you? Who is the mother-figure in your life, and how does she compare to the Proverbs 31 woman?



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