Strength Clothed

We met in the living room. Two couples. Older and younger. Married and about-to-be. My husband and I, the older and married pair, sat on stuffed tweed chairs across the coffee table from them. Side by side, facing us on our brown leather couch, hands intertwined, their love spoke like electricity through long glances and intimate smiles. We’d been meeting weekly, studying Scripture and looking ahead to their joining as one.

When we opened the Bible, there it was.

“…let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4 (ESV).

Outgoing, full of laughter and fun, the bride-to-be lifted her eyes to mine. I could almost hear her think, Oh no! I’m in trouble. She did a double take from me to the passage and back at me again. A little bit of panic wrinkled her brows and puzzlement shone from wide brown eyes. Her future groom sat with his usual quiet reserve.

Those words, “gentle and quiet,” brought even my introverted self to a screeching halt.

I waited, feeling her words stir inside until they came out….

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