Host: Welcome everyone to this session of the Marriage Conference. Today’s guests have been married for over 50 years, raising eight children. Will you tell us about yourselves?
The husband and wife are holding hands and sitting together on the couch.
Husband: We are honored to be here today. This is quite a show you have put on and invited us to. Would you like to start, honey?
Wife: Of course. My husband is so Noble. He is a man full of prosperity. He is successful at nearly everything he does, whether feeding the cows or tending to a neighbor’s need. He is quite a character.
Husband: Just because I am a man of prosperity does not mean that I’m conceited and pompous. I’m just a friendly character who lives nearby.
They laugh together and kiss gently.
Wife: The day he asked me to marry him dawned bright and sunny with a few wispy clouds in place. He rode on his black steed, the most outstanding horse in all the land. Dressed in a fine linen suit, my betrothed paused as he approached me. When a deep bow, seated on his horse, he smiled and rode on to speak to my father and mother. They gave their blessings upon our union and we were soon wed.
Husband: Right after we were married, I did something completely out of character. I gave her control of all the fields. She surprised me by taking a portion of her earnings and planting new crops. Her trading and astuteness are directly responsible for our prosperity and the fine character of our name.
Wife: My husband embarrasses me by speaking in this way. I am just an ordinary woman.
Husband kisses wife and continues to hold her hand.
Husband: She is definitely not ordinary. She provided so well for our family. She cooked, cleaned, and made clothing for everyone. Why, I believe she’s worth more than multitudes of rubies. I wonder if I should ever have bought her some.
She laughs and hugs him.
Wife: He used to ask me how I could accomplish so much in a single day. He said that my lamp must never go out at night.
Husband: She is an amazing woman, never idle. I guess raising eight children and caring for all the servants was quite an undertaking. Our children call her blessed, and she is a blessing to me.
Wife: I enjoy my husband’s antics and look forward to his uniqueness.
They giggle like schoolchildren and kiss again.
Husband: I surprised her with many gifts over the years, but I remember well the purple linen. She wanted to make a dress for our daughter, but I insisted she use it for herself. As she went into market, people would ask her about the dress. Soon, she began making and selling similar dresses for the women of the city. I was surprised when merchants from afar came to purchase sashes and other attire. Our prosperity grew abundantly because of her ability and my confidence in her.
Wife: My husband is such a pillar of respect in our community. The elders are always calling upon him to attend town meetings. I wonder what they discuss there.
Husband: When I attend town meetings with the elders, I always speak highly of my wife. She cares for the needy. During the winter months, she made the most unusual scarlet clothing, keeping us all warm. Her wisdom is exceptional and she provides good instruction to the other women of the city.
Wife: So often, we would laugh unworriedly together about the future. We knew that our prosperity and peace was possible only because our Lord was first in our lives. In fact, we would give away everything just to be with our Lord.
Husband: My wife is to be praised for her fear of the Lord. She prays continuously and speaks for the needs of others. She has given away many things over the years. Her rewards will be many when she reaches the city gates of Heaven.
Husband and wife again kiss, still holding hands.
Husband: I am grateful for the day I met my beautiful wife.
Wife: I am grateful for the day I met my handsome husband. In case you are wondering, my name is Sara, but I will forever be known as the Wife of Noble Character.
Based upon Proverbs 31:10-31
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