Recently I saw yet another homeschool magazine article about the courtship vs. dating dispute. It kind of made me chuckle because this couple in the middle of the photo above is the latest pair of newlyweds in our family. They met at tech school, discovered that one of the things they had in common was that they were homeschooled, were friends for a couple of years and then starting dating. And now we have a new son-in-law!
My husband and I had nothing to do with these two meeting up except that we prayed all these years for our children and, if God intended for them to get married, their future spouses. We trusted God to bring them together, just as He brought us together back in the 1970s.
So that’s how I weigh in on the courtship vs. dating argument…Oh, one more thing. I’ve heard a few parents say they’d hate to think of who their parents would have set them up with had they used the courtship model. Well, I know who mine would have set me up with. My father met a wealthy young man who was looking for a wife. Dad wanted one of his four daughters to marry this guy, but none of us could stand him. Some time later, my husband and I even double-dated with him and my sister-in-law but she didn’t like him either. For all his bucks, his personality was somewhat obnoxious.
I still say we can trust God to bring the right people together at the right time!