Mom loved to bake. We were spoiled with desserts at every meal. It was not unusual to eat a snack of dessert before bedtime.

Dad loved having company over. He would invite people over after church on Sunday nights for dessert and coffee.

One Sunday night, he invited the pastor’s family and the special speaker…who was single. I had just graduated and I was single. I served myself a piece of chocolate cake, grabbed a glass of iced tea, and started up the stairs to my bedroom.

“Oh, no,” Mom & Dad said, “you need to eat at the table.”

I obediently sat down, and across from me was the special speaker. It was a set up! I was oblivious! I obviously caught his eye, but he did not catch mine. It was an uncomfortable evening as my parents and the pastors grilled the special speaker, hoping to find something we had in common.

He came back the next year, married to a pretty red-head. It didn’t break my heart, even though I was still single.

Mothers, and grandmothers alike, groan when they read these verses.

1 Corinthians 7:25, “Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you. Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are.” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

Thank You for the reminder to not be a matchmaker. I know you have a plan for each single lady and each single man. I pray that they will not be overcome by temptation with the wrong one or overwhelmed with being “set up.”

In Jesus Name,


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