|Waiting for the One
"With This Ring, I’m waiting for the one whom God has saved for me.”
Within a year of recording my new song, I started dating my friend David. As the months went on, we began seriously praying about the possibility of getting married. Sitting at a coffee shop one night, David asked me, “What does it meanto discern marriage?” I did not have a clear response. Soon after, I led music for a youth retreat. The topic of the weekend revolved around a little book entitled, “What Does God Want? A Practical Guide to Making Decisions,” by Fr. Michael Scanlon.
As the youth learned the “Five C’s” of discernment, I tested the possibility of marrying David:
My answer for the first 4 “C’s” was a resounding, “Yes!” However, I was still missing the gut feeling of conviction.
This was the conviction Fr. Scanlon described. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit eased my hesitation. I abruptly remembered that marriage also meant openness to children. “Lord, what about having a baby? I didn’t ask for that!” To the right of the Host was a carved image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, cradling Baby Jesus in her arms. Suddenly, I seemed to hear an interior voice saying, “Mary didn’t ask for this either. I asked her.”
By: Amanda Vernon
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