Not only is the Proverbs 31 woman compassionate and devoted to her family, but to those outside her family as well.
Proverbs 31: 20 tells us that she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand to the needy. This implies that she is personally and intimately involved. No doubt she made clothes for those less fortunate and made sure they were fed.
To open her arms and extend her hand, we understand that she receives those who come to her, but also reaches out for those who do not. She is touchable and in touch.
If the Proverbs 31 woman lived in today’s society, she would do much more than simply writing a cheque to her favourite charity. She would be volunteering in food banks and soup kitchens, as well as fundraising and visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
We do not have to go very far to see a great need, right where we live. Next time you have an old coat or sweater to donate to charity, why not reach out your hand, and give it directly to a cold, homeless person you encounter?