No, not me. But I haven't been married that long that I can't remember what it was like to be single and looking for a life partner. Back then I dreaded Valentine's Day.
If only I had had the grace-filled, trusting outlook of Beth Knobbe, a Chicago campus minister and author who is living an "intentional single life."
No, she is not a nun.
She just believes that being single can be incredibly fulfilling. And she is not dreading Valentine's Day. As she writes on her blog, "One Single Life":
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In her book, "Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion" (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011), Knobbe dispels our society's myths that everyone eventually gets married and that life begins when you walk down the aisle.
In her Valentine's Day blog post, Knobbe says that "love arrives in many different packages." For her, it means close women friends.
Even married folks know that a spouse can't be that perfect intimate person for us all the time. For that, we need God--whether married or single.
Are you single on Valentine's Day? Do you dread it or is it glorious?