Today Loome Theological Booksellers had a first - we assisted in a romantic and literary proposal of marriage! Greg called us this morning and asked for a favor. He had a very special book he asked for us to put on hold so that his girlfriend could pick it up this afternoon. He further explained that he had written this book for her and that in the end of the book was a marriage proposal. We agreed to help him out this one time.
Around 12:15 he brought the book which we promptly put on hold.
Around 2 PM Greg started browsing around the bookstore (but he was really waiting for his girlfriend Lindsey to show up!). Lindsey DID show up at 2:26 and retrieved the book on hold for her (she had been told it was a first edition C.S. Lewis title - but it really wasn't!).
Then much waiting ensued - both on the part of Greg and the staff here at the bookstore.
Lindsey had to read the whole book before she came to the end - the important end! It wasn't until 2:33 that she finished the book and headed outside to meet Greg and her destiny. By 2:38 (note: only five minutes from the time she finished the book) the happy couple was back inside to report the great news: she said "OK". That was probably the most important "OK" she ever said in her life.
We at Loome Theological Booksellers extend a hearty congratulations to Greg Atkins and Lindsey Wible on their happy engagement. Greg, what an awesome proposal. We cheer on your romanticism and literary flair in writing a book and proposing at Loome Theological Booksellers.
"We know that all of us need God's blessing at all times; but at the time of their engagement to be married, Christians are in particular need of grace as they prepare themselves to form a new family. Let us pray, then, for God's blessing to come upon this couple, Greg and Lindsey: that as they await the day of their wedding, they will grow in mutual respect and in their love for one another; that through their companionship and prayer together they will prepare themselves rightly and chastely for marriage." (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, page 237).