(poetic license to portray the Bride of Christ as the virtuous woman)

Proverbs 31:
23 JESUS is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 THE CHURCH makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 THE CHURCH is clothed with strength and dignity; THE CHURCH can laugh at the days to come.
26 THE CHURCH speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

The world still whistles at the Bride when she shows virtue. Jesus is well spoken of in the city when the church does good work. They may not be impressed by many of our indoor activities. They do sit up and take note when we feed the poor, take care of the sick and bring help to the most vulnerable.

We can laugh at the days to come when we learn to trust Jesus for our future. We can speak wisely to the community when we have a dream for better streets and merciful justice.