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Several months after my wife died, I was talking with a friend who is also a wise and loving pastor.
He wanted to help protect me from too quickly getting involved in another relationship—a common problem for men who are divorced or widowed.
So choose your friends carefully; connect with men who care about your growth and standing as a follower of Christ.
This may sound old-fashioned, but I believe it not for the sake of tradition, which of necessity comes and goes, but because it is biblical.
Marriage is meant to be, among other things, an illustration of the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5); the husband typifies Christ and the wife typifies the church.
In addition to becoming skilled in a trade that would support a family, these men saved their resources in order to pay a dowry to their future in-laws, and generally built their own dwellings.
The latter was often done in the time between engagement and marriage.