A Life Worth Living

Just the other day I attended the funeral of an 86-year-old gentleman I’d since I was a little girl. When our family first got to know Vincent 29 years ago he had just lost his mother and was living alone. Vincent never married, though he enjoyed joking about the women who were “after him.” As […]

The Lord’s Handmaidens

By C. F. Derstine Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted from a 1949 issue of the Christian Monitor. While the language and terminology (such as the use of “Old Maid”!) is different in some cases from what we would use today, the underlying message is just as relative now as it was then. Men, I […]

Opportunities Abound

Dawn just returned from a one-week mission trip with Medical Missions, the fifth such mission trip she’s taken in the last six years. Though living on a nonprofit salary, she’s managed to save enough money to finance each trip. Dawn doesn’t wait for these one or two-week trips to be used of the Lord, though. […]

Someone Special

By Kammy L. Willis Family and friends assured me that God must be planning “someone special” for me. What other reason would He have for keeping me single for so long? Years passed and the assurances began to inflict more pain than comfort. I pleaded and bargained with God. However, the continued loneliness magnified my […]

The Tomorrow Trap

By Kelvin Smith “Wait till next year!” is the cry of hope of every beleaguered sports fan. Yet there’s a different meaning of the phrase that can be the enemy of a satisfying life. That is the danger of putting things off to an imagined perfect future when all one’s dreams will come true: the […]

Wanting it All

By Fern Horst My five-year-old niece and I were having a heart-to-heart talk — one she had initiated about women having babies. When I asked her if she thought I should get married and have a baby she looked back at me with a why-would-you-do-that look. Her answer was clear: “No! You’re an auntie. You […]

What! You have to be Married to have a Life?

By Genevieve A. Longley Recently I was out with two married friends. One began to tell a cute story about a comment her son had made. The family had been playing a game called “The Game of Life®.” As she reached a certain square in the game, Cindy’s son informed her that she could no […]