Stand By Your Man

martin luther king and coretta scott


Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. —Proverbs 31:11-12


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor and influential civil rights leader and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated, leaving behind a wife and four children. Coretta Scott King could have given herself to grief and bitterness after the death of her husband. Instead, she picked up the torch and moved forward, standing by her husband even after he was gone.

Mrs. King concentrated her energy on fulfilling her husband's work by building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. She led the campaign to establish Dr. King's birthday as a national holiday. An award was established in her name for black authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. King. Coretta brought him good, not harm and enriched his legacy.

You may not have a husband whose name is known around the world, but as a Christian woman, with God's help, you can greatly enrich his life on a daily basis. What a wonderful gift, to be a woman he trusts who will bring him good and not harm all the days of his life


Lord, help me to be the kind of wife who greatly enriches my husband's life. Amen.