The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The single way

Your Bible offers surprising insights for living alone

In the ‘old days’ being single was an oddity, and single adults numbered significantly fewer than married ones. Not now. Today more than 80 million American adults are single, and experts predict the 2000 census will find that more than 50 percent of the population is single. Perhaps it's time to rethink our stereotypes — and look to the Bible for wisdom about living a rich and full single life.

It took me years of wandering and wondering to do that. My journey began when I was in my mid-20s. At a party during a convention in New York City, a fortune-teller circulated among us. I don't put much stock in reading palms, but I let her read mine anyway. Surely she told me a variety of things, but all I remembered was her prediction that I would marry a good friend when I was 32.

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