I am delighted to announce that Calvinist Cath is engaged to be married in the spring. I am extra delighted because I have been invited to attend and the church is merely a bus-ride away and thus I will have all the fun of seeing Cath in her wedding dress. Cath dislikes being a centre of attention, so I am hoping that Providence wills her to enjoy it even if for just one day.
Now despite this dislike of the spotlight, Cath gave me permission to announce her pending adieu to the Single Life, and I am glad because her story is very romantic and inspiring and even 19th century. In short, she was minding her own business, working and going to church and not drawing attention to herself, reading and thinking and visiting family and having occasional coffees with me, whose blog she has read since (we think) 2007, when she got a LETTER right out of the blue. The letter was from a young man who had seen her during a visit to her Edinburgh church community, and what Calvinist Cath thought was, "I'm too old for this drama."
However, she wrote back politely, and I would bet the grocery money her letter included Presbyterian theology, and the upshot is that despite her initial reaction of blah, she eventually found herself drawing a sketch of her wedding dress on a paper napkin in Café Rouge until she gave up and I took over.
The moral of this story, on which I think we both, trad-leaning Catholic and trad Presbyterian, can agree, is to trust in the working of Providence.
In case that sentence inspired a massive "yes but", I will point out that Cath has been reading my blog since 2007 and got engaged in 2013, so that is almost six whole years of reading a Singles blog before ceasing to be entirely Single. And I started my blogs in late 2006 (age 35) and got engaged, to the shock of all, in late 2008. So there you go. There is just no telling with Providence. He knows what He is doing, and we don't, so the best policy is to pray and do His will and strive to be a loyal and authentic member of our faith community, no matter how small that community might be.