An Excellent Wife XI

An excellent wife … opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:10a, 26

A couple of years ago, the violence in Ferguson, Missouri erupted on our television screens.

But Ferguson has been a violent place long before the broadcast and cable news networks brought it to the nation’s attention.

In the late 1980’s my excellent wife was a student teacher in Ferguson. One day, her school had to go on “lock down” because a recently paroled convict showed up with loaded weapon to take his child home without the mother knowing about it.

That was at the beginning of my excellent wife’s teaching career. Quite a start!

She would go on to be an excellent teacher in suburban St. Louis by the time we were married. She would teach in St. Louis while I was on vicarage and during my last year of seminary.

When I was called to serve as a parish pastor in rural Michigan, she became a teacher in a nearby town.

As an excellent wife and an exceptional teacher, she taught kindergarten for two years in Michigan despite the challenges of children of migrant workers who were only there the first two months of school and the last two months of school, and a skunk infestation under her classroom!

As my excellent wife followed me to three more stops in my pastoral career she continued to be an exceptional teacher at all elementary school levels.

Even now, while she’s not in an elementary classroom, she’s still teaching – as a training specialist for a major American corporation in suburban Chicago.


My excellent wife had the added privilege of being the third-grade teacher for all three of our sons!

Of all the things my excellent wife taught – from reading to writing to arithmetic – kindness has been her most amazing teaching quality.

She has an amazing capacity for kindness for child and adult alike. This quality she gets from our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

That’s part of what makes an excellent wife – wisdom and kindness. An excellent wife faces many circumstances and challenges in life. She needs wisdom to meet the challenges and overcome all circumstances.

An excellent wife – as described in Proverbs 31 – receives this wisdom from God. Modeled in the surpassing kindness of Jesus Christ, an excellent wife reflects this wisdom and kindness to her husband and children as well as her church and community.

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