Realities of Singleness: In the Church

As soon as I started reading Mandy Hale's new book titled "The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass" I knew that she and I were on the same page when I read about her search for voices and resources that celebrated singleness and "represented the positive, inspirational, joyful side of single life."

Two paragraphs later she talks about the church and said "I checked the church, and although Jesus Himself was a single man, even most churches don't really know what to do with their singles."  I literally agreed out loud when I was reading that because from my experience it is absolutely true!  
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As I have said before, it is hard being single some days.  And when no one knows what to do with you, especially the church, it is hard to celebrate this gift God has given us! 

"Why was everyone treating single life as the prologue to marriage instead of a wildly beautiful adventure all its own?" -Mandy Hale  
 
Truth be told, I have no idea what to do with singles in the church either.  One harsh reality is that fifty percent of those raised in the church don't attend church after they move out, and if they go back it is after they have started families.  So where does that leave our singles, in the awkward in between. 
 
So this week as we are all celebrating National Singles Week I ask that you will pray for singles in the church, and their leaders.  


Comments

This was always a disappointing part of church for me during my singleness time - churches also struggle with places for young married without kiddos. I really hope that our generation can work to remedy this, I really feel that with a little effort there could be so much done to alleviate the lack of young people in churches!