14 Jan 2013-
A friend recently asked me the question “What gives you hope?”. It came up during a discussion about my outlook on marriage. I expressed that I don’t have a pull to get married, and in fact I don’t suspect that it is God’s will for me to do so in the foreseeable future, and likely ever. It struck me that what my friend was really expressing through this question was his view that without a spouse I was facing a future of uncertainty, loneliness and incompleteness; that I was somehow falling short of God’s plan for one of His children.
It has been my observation that the church in general does a rather poor job of expressing God’s gift of singleness to people. Christians often make assumptions that singleness is a temporary condition.
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