When did ‘foot gloves’ become a thing? When The Purging Lutheran was growing up toes were meant to work as a team. Toes have to keep in constant contact with each other as they help the rest of the foot run up hills, jump over puddles and kick rocks. Fingers are more adept at individualism than toes. Two fingers can be holding a dart while two others are holding a napkin at the very same time. It’s true, believe me! Toes? Not so much. If you’re a big fan of Chuck Darwin, he would proffer that the toes of our ancestor, the monkey, were used to hold itself upside down from a branch. There was no place for two toes to do all the holding and the other three having a smoke. It was all about teamwork! That doesn’t explain why a monkey needed to hang upside down. But it could hang upside down, even if was for nothing more than entertainment.
My Marta, I think, was a slave to fashion when she bought these. She’s quite the individualist so I’m sure she thought her toes deserved the same. These socks are laying atop her oily sandals from yesterday.
1 Peter 3
Cultivate Inner Beauty
The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.
Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.
The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground.