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God sent me a new angel

by Stan Wilson

For long-time readers of Faith and Family, you may remember that I lost my wife, Linda, to ovarian cancer seven years ago. We were married for 17 years and we spent the last 5 years of our marriage working together on Faith and Family.

It was a sudden loss; only 3 days from the time that we learned of her illness until she left this earth to be with our Lord and Savior. I grieved, but I had no hard feelings and I immediately turned my thoughts and actions to helping to care for two of my grandchildren. I continued worshiping and serving our Lord and Savior and added Linda’s Faith and Family responsibilities to my list of duties.

In the Fall of 2018, I began to realize that I was lonely for a mate. I had not dated during the time and really didn’t have any “ladies” in the back of my mind. But God placed three ladies from my past in my life to help me through this journey. Two of these ladies contacted me via Facebook and we quickly developed a wonderful brother-sister relationship. We had been childhood friends from the 1960’s. I also had a desire to connect with the first girl whom I ever dated. Using some of my journalistic investigative skills, I found her in Japan and we quickly picked up our friendship. All three of these ladies are divorced and have absolutely no interest in developing a romantic relationship. But we are all strong in our faith in Christ and re-bonded as Brother and sisters in Christ. All three of them guided me, advised me and supported me as I sought to find a life-mate. Even the sister of my first girlfriend supported me and I still remember one of her comments; “If God has a lady for you, he will make her available and you will know it.”

I had been living the life of a widower, grandfather and bachelor, so I really didn’t have a list of “prospects.” The four ladies suggested that I consider using the internet dating services. I signed up with a few and even had a few dates. One of the ladies even said that she liked me very much, but there was no “spark” in our relationship. At that point, I really didn’t understand what she meant (after all, I’m a bit over 18). I just wanted to date and enjoy the company of a lady.

E-harmony listed a widow in Ulysses, but I didn’t contact her for a month or two because I didn’t see how such a long-distance could nurture a relationship. Actually, Janice “liked me” on E-harmony and it took me a month reply. We exchanged a few notes, and I didn’t hear back from my last message.

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