Though this friendship does not blossom,
nor love be in his heart,
though he chooses to pursue someone else,
and my prayers seem to go unanswered,
though others walk down the wedding aisle,
and I remain behind,
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
 I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Carolyn McCulley is the media specialist for Sovereign Grace Ministries and is a member of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.  This column is adapted from her  book," Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred."  (Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,  The heart of the book is really found in the subtitle, on which this and other columns have been based.  Carolyn welcomes your comments at Or visit her website at