Elisabeth Elliot tells of Gladys Akword, a London parlour maid, who went to China as a
missionary. Spent 7 years there, single, happy. Then an English couple came to work
nearby. She saw what she'd been missing out on. So she prayed that God would choose a man
in England, call him, send him out to China and have him propose. "I believe God
answers prayer. He called him, but he never came."
At a party: "I like being single. I'm always there when I need me."
Art Leo, quoted by Ron Hudspeth in Atlanta Journal.
There is only one thing harder than living alone, and that is to live with another
Single through no fault or choice of my own, I am unable to express my sexuality in the
beauty and intimacy of Christian marriage, as God intended...To seek to do this outside of
marriage is, by the clear teaching of Scripture, to sin against God and my own nature. I
have no alternative but to live a life of voluntary celibacy...chaste not only in body,
but in mind and spirit...I want to go on record as having proved that for those who are
committed to do God's will, His commands are His enablings.
Margaret Clarkson in Homemade, December 1989.
Statistics and Research
Demographers predict that 10% of young men and women today will never marry, and that
half of those who do will divorce. Some 37% of adults over 18 are single, and roughly
one-fourth of all households consist of just one person. Moreover, one child in four is
born out of wedlock, and one-fourth of all children now live with a single parent. Are
these changes in American living patterns affecting the nation's health? Health experts
have long observed that married people are healthier than unmarried people, and that death
rates (from all causes) are consistently higher among single and socially isolated people.
More recent studies have suggested that mortality rates are about 100% to 300% higher for
socially isolated men, and 50% to 150% higher for socially isolated women, than for their
socially integrated counterparts.
Resource, March/April, 1990.