Usually when I think of Proverbs 31 it's all about that amazing woman who apparently never slept and managed to do everything while her husband just sat in the gate. Just kidding ...
Anyways, I was reading it this morning and realized that the verse preceding the discourse on the wise woman was amazing, especially in light of what I did last night.
"Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die."
Last night, and a week previous I stood vigil in Toronto across from the "Woman's Care Clinic" aka a child death/abortion clinic. It was part of the 40 Days for Life campaign - something you should take part in if you can.
Being there last night I felt so helpless/inadequate. The numbers of children killed are hugely devastating, and people are so blinded to the truth of life that it seems sometime that doing something isn't making any difference. I know that there is a difference being made -- close to 300 children have been saved from abortion that we know about through the campaign (all over N.A.), but sometimes it seems so futile when it's freezing cold and people are giving you the finger and repeatedly angrily yelling.
Anyways, back to the verse. God calls all of us to stand up and speak for the speechless ... those whose parents are planning on killing them, those who are "appointed to die". No matter what the result, it's our job to stand up and speak. And that was tres encouraging for me. It's easy to justify our own frustrations with the lack of change with apathy. It's not "cool" to stand up, it's not convenient, easy or tidy. But if we're not speaking for them, who will? And I can guarantee that Christ will not care about our reasons for putting ourselves or our comfort before those voiceless children when we stand before Him and give account of our lives.