Often in singles ministry folks come with so much pain that it can be distracting to others. And while this retreat also had its share of hurting singles, it was amazing to watch people as they came along side each other.
On Sunday after we had an amazing communion outdoors on the beach, several singles came up to me and told me that they now knew it was OK to be single. I was like, really? I mean, you didn't know that (to myself)? No, they had not. The enemy had been telling them lies through whispers, friends who cared for them, family who loved them, and even their Church that something was wrong because they were single. Well, if that was true then something was wrong with Jesus, Paul, Mary Magdalene, Mary, Martha, John the Baptist and so on.
Being single is simply where God has us until He moves us some place else. It's a season of life that we should be living as hard as we can. I do not know when or if all singles will be married. Our society today is so different than a hundred years ago. However, until it might happen, we are to live for the Lord, knowing He is still in control no matter what others say, what society says, or what our might church says, etc. we are valuable as a single and we are right where we are supposed to be.