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“I feel a little uncovered.”

Whether or not it’s “politically correct” in this era of gender equality, many women want the loving, caring “protection” that a man can provide. This doesn’t mean women aren’t capable of taking care of themselves—most are and do. But even secure, self-sufficient women want a man who will “have their back,” offering strong emotional, physical, and spiritual support. An ancient Hebrew wedding custom involved the groom symbolically placing a shawl around the shoulders of his bride. In one of the most beautiful love stories in the Bible, Ruth asked Boaz to spread a portion of his clothing over her as a tangible sign of his future care and protection. Single women—and married women too—recognize the feeling of belonging to a man who would die to protect her, and can feel the void when that man—and that covering—is missing from their lives.