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Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman? I Did

by Herbert Dennard

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Berdine Dillard Dennard

Life Lessons from a Matriarch

As the third anniversary of my late wife's death approaches, I often reflect on her life. One of the great things we had in common was our willingness to help others. I spent the early part of my years, protesting and sitting-in to stand up for the disenfranchised. Although Berdine worked behind the scenes, she shared the same belief and helped many, especially me. In fact, in my opinion, that was her greatest attribute.

I have so many fond memories of Berdine, memories of her cooking meals twice a day when the children were young (it slowed down when they grew up, much to my dismay), memories of us taking vacations together all over the country, memories of holidays and family gatherings, and memories of having someone to share my thoughts with after the children were in their rooms asleep. Not only do I miss those things, but I now miss the small things that I never even thought about, things like her calling the exterminator, dusting the ceiling fans, scheduling the painter to paint the house every three or four years, redecorating the house, and so many others I could name.

However, one of the biggest gifts Berdine gave me was the gift of Jesus. You see, although I had always been willing to help others, I still was not committed to working in the church to do it. I had become disappointed in the witness of many ministers and other Christians that I knew, and really just did my own thing. Berdine would often tell me that I should attend church regularly, even if it weren’t the same one as she attended, I should attend somewhere. She once told me that I could probably become a deacon if I started going to church. You see, she understood my spirit of service.

Although she would talk to me from time to time about this, I didn't pay much attention. Nevertheless, she finally got my attention. When she was in the hospital, fighting for her life, Berdine asked me to ask Rev. Lonzy Edwards to come to the hospital. I thought she wanted him to come pray with her. That isn't why she called him. Berdine chose him because she knew I respected his spiritual walk. Rev. Edwards later told me that my wife who was fighting for her life had called me to the hospital because she was concerned with my soul. If nothing else convicted me, this did. I vowed that day, I would go church.

I began reading the Word, and I went to church every Sunday. Not only that, I attended Sunday school as well. On July 31st of this year, I was ordained as a deacon at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. On the day of the ordination, I thought Berdine would be so proud. She would have loved to have been a deaconess. She would have made such a good one because she was the virtuous woman King Solomon talked about in Proverbs.

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life..."

 

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