“3 Things You Might Not Know About Proverbs 31” by Rachel Held Evans

Disclaimer: The work of this article is all the property of Rachel Held Evans. As such, only the introduction has been posted here and then a link provided to the rest of the article on Rachel’s own website. Thank you!

Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, Pastor Ben decided to share the words of Rachel Held Evans on Proverbs chapter 31, perhaps the most popular Mother’s Day passage of all.

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It never fails. Every year, on the Monday after Mother’s Day I receive a flood of messages from women who spent yesterday morning grimacing through yet another Proverbs 31 sermon.

The pastors usually mean well. They want to honor women on Mother’s Day, so they turn to the biblical passage most associated with femininity, the one that culminates with what may be the most cross-stitched Bible verse of all time: “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” 

But for women like me who grew up thinking of the domestic super-heroine of Proverbs 31 as just another impossible standard by which to mark my shortcomings as a woman, the passage can come with some…baggage.

That’s because, too often, we focus on the Proverbs 31 Woman’s  roles as a way of reducing womanhood to marriage, motherhood, and domesticity, when really, this passage is about character that transcends both gender and circumstance. 

**Read the rest of the article here:  http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/3-things-you-might-not-know-about-proverbs-31

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