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Arranged mariege part six

Jeny was excited about getting maried.all her life,she was told her mariege would be aranged by her family. The fact that she could not chose her future husband did not brother her. She kind of liked the mystery. 

He was not what shr expected. She was skepitcal at first. She was not sure that this could work.  

She decided to give it a chance.  She found that she did like him. Despite there differences, she suspected that they could make a go of this.  

She fell alseep that night in his arms. She woke up the next moring. She layed in bed for a bit. It was clear that she was not going to fall back to sleep. 

He was still asleep. She decided to get up. She tried to tip toe out of bed without being heard.  She wanted to let him wake up on his own. 

She made it to the smal kitchen-living room. She made the watter for cofee. She then put the cofe in. Then she truned the cofee maker on. 

She made sausage eag breakfast sadnwitches. She was not surety when he was waking up bit it was stil fearly early. She read over Romans one while she was cooking. She was good at multi tasking. 

He came into the dining area looking like a zombie. “Your not awake are you love?”she asked. “Not really. ” he said. She laughed. “Cofee is ready. I got sausage mufins done.” she said. “Cool sounds good.” he said. 

She laughed. “You can sleep in longer of you want to hunnie.”she told him. “Oh no! I’m fine. I am beyond the point of faling back asleep. ” he said.”i am not concinced of that but ok.”she said.

“So what are our plans for the day?” he asked. ” well i thought we would go in the canoe again. ” she said.” cool. Sounds good. ” he said. “Then play some basketball. Then there is a cofee house that has jazz night. ” she said.

“Ok. ” he said. “Not keen on the jazz thing ?”she asked.” its fine. ” he said.” your sure?” she asked. “Of course. ” he said. “Ok. Just making sure. ” she said. 

He enjoyed the sausage sandwitch. After a few more cups of cofee, he was much more awake then he had been. He felt like he was able to function more then he had been. 

“I am awake now!” he said.  “Thats good to hear. ” she said. “I did not hear you get up. ” he said. ” that was what i figured. I was trying not to wake you. ” she said. “You succeeded. ” he reaplied. “I am glad of that. ” she said. 

“Breakfast was amazing.  Thank you.” he said. “No problem. It did come out good.” she acknowledged.  They put everything away and thew away the trash. 

They got ready for there day.  They got dressed. They headed for the beach area. He paid for the rentle. He came out. They went to the canoe. He helped her in to the small craft. They got the life jackets on and took out the paddles. The craft lunched.  

They went out a bit.”this is so calm.so peaceful.  I love it out hear!” she said.”i can tell. I do too. ” he said. “I have always liked the watter. “She said. 

“I like being on the watter. Just not in the water.  ” he said. “You dont like to swim?” she asked. “No. swiming is not really not my thing. I like being in a boat. ” he said. “Ah. I love everything about water.  From being in a boat to swimming.  I love it. ” she said.

“I will watch you swim from the shore!” he told her. She chuckled. “Ok. ” she answered. 

They stayed in the water for quite a while. Then they went back to shore. They returned the canoe. They walked hand in hand though the property. 

They went to the basketball court.  They started playing basketball. They started to play. She loved sports. They got conpetitve but it was all in fun. They played a few games. She won some, he won some as well. There were a lot of laughs. 

“You give me quite a work out. ” he said. “I realy get in to my game.  ” she declared. “I can tell. ” he said. She high fived him. “Still friends? ” she asked in a playful mannor.he chuckled. “Still friends! ” he said. He hugged her. Then he kissed her. She was not expecting that. 

They did not kiss alot. He did not seam to be too keen on physical contact. They frequently held hands. She was surprised he kissed her in the open.  Perhaps he was easing in to all of this. 

He was a mystery to her.  He was serious. He was stoic. He seem to vailue logic above emotion. Not quite vulcan but close. He seemed to be a student of plato. 

At the same time, he was a very funny man. He had a dry sence of humor. He liked to laugh. He liked to joke around. She was not sure how to interpret him. She had not quite figured him out. That was ok.she liked a good mystery.  He was definently that. 

They went back to the cabin. He grilled hot dogs and hambergers. The cabin had a small fire pit outside the cabin. She took off her shoes. 

They eat outside in a picnic table . “these are really good. “She said. “I am so glad your not a vegiterian or vegan! ” he remarked. She laughed. “I like vegetables.  I am not a carnivore like some people i know. I eat meat. I would not like just fruits and vegetables.  I want a verity in my diet. ” she said. 

“I dont know how i would handle it if you were vegetarian.  ” he admitted. “I dont think that that would go over well. ” she responded. “Probably not. ” he admitted.  They laughed. 

“If you were, we would figure it out. ” he said. “I am sure we would.  The good thing is that that is not a concern. ” she said. “True. ” he said. 

They hung out at the cabin for a while. Then they changed and got ready to go to the cofee house. 

She hoped that she was not pushing him too far by draging him to this. Pethaps this was a bridge too far. He did put her in charge of there days activities. A mariege involves two people. She hoped that he would not be miserable at the. Event. She considered not going. She did want to. She decided to go along with it.  It could be interesting. 

She had no idea what he was thinking. Some times she wished that she had telepathy.  Other times she did not . She wished she did right now. How far could she push him? What was his limit?  

They got ready to go. They changed cloths. He wore a polo shirt and tan pants. She wore a pink blouse and green skirt and flip flops. They headed out. 

They got into the car.  She drove this time. The cofee house was not that far away from the cabin. They parked at the parking lot. They got out of the car. They walked to the building. They went inside. 

They paid the smal entry fee. He got a hazelnut cofee and she got french vanila. She suspected he might be nervous about all this. She hopped that this was not a huge mistake. She hoped that this would not produce a big fight or a small one for that matter.  She tried not to burrow trouble. She did not want to create a conflict that did not exist and might not. She calmed down. 

The jazz band started.  She loved it. There were several grouos. They were all very good. She was realy enjoying herself. She got a bit caught up in her own happiness. .she wondered how he was doing. She hoped that he was ok.  She wondered what was going though his mind. 

The show lasted a couple hours.  They left walking hand in hand. “I hope that you were not too bored?” she remarked. “No. It was not too bad. ” he said. “I had a lot of fun. ” she said.”i can tell. I am glad you had fun. ” she said. 

“Was it really ok?” she asked. He squeezed her hand. “Of course. This is your honey moon. I want you to enjoy yourself. ” he told her. “Your going to have to do this again sometime and again.  ” she admonished him. “I know that jen. I am fine with that. ” he said. 

“It was ok we did this?” she asked. “Of course.  ” he assured her. “Ok. Just making sure. ” she told him. They got into the car. The car headed back to the cabin. 

They got ready for bed. She put tank top snd pj bottoms.  He wore shorts. She put on a star trek episodes on her lap top. They cuddled while watching. 

“So are you sick of me yet?” she asked.  He smiled. “No. Not at all. Are you sick of me?” he asked. She kissed him . Then she smiled.  

After a while they decided to go to bed. She was getting used to be maried to him. She was enjoying him. She felt that they would be a good couple. She was glad of that. After a while they both fell asleep.  

End of part six. 

Next up.

The two try to agree on an itinery for the day. They visit a Baptist church’s midweek and roast marshmelows.  

Aranged mariege part five

They fell asleep in each other’s arms.they woke up the next morning. “Hunnie, what do you want for breakfast?”she asked. “Um. Whatever. I usualy do a sinple breakfast. What ever you want to make hun.”he answered.  

“Bacon and eags ok?”she asked.”yea! Sounds good! ” he said. “Ok cool. “She said. She wore a pink tank top and pazama botom. She went out to the smal kitchen area. By smal it was smaller then a cubicle but it worked.

She took out the eags and bacon .she put them on the frying pan. She put her hair up and put it in a scrunchy. He came out. 

“You look like a zombie?”she said in a teasing tone.”i dont really function before my first cup of cofee. He took out the place for the filter. He took out a new filter. He put it inside then poored the cofee been in. He put the watter then turned in on. 

“I love mornings.  Usualy i am ready and raring to go!”she said smiling. “Why am i not surprised? “He asked. He held her waist while she cooked. She once in a while gave her a kiss. 

“You do i am trying to cook. Your distracting me. I am going to burn the eags!” she exclaimed. He laughed.  

She kissed him a few times. ” its weird. My family was strict. I amNot use to being able to pratice physical contact. “He said.

“My family was not quite as strict. I have kissed before. I am sory. I did not realize at the time that i might regret it. I am sorry. ” she said.

“Hey no condemnaton ok.i am not meen! ” he said. “I know that. “She said. When the eags and backon were finished,she put them on a plate. She brought them to the table. He prayed and they eat.

” so what is on the agenda today?” she asked. ” i figured we could rent out a paddle boat. “He said. “Cool!” she said.” do you want to play pay ball? There is a place nearby!”he told her. “I can schoot you with paint ball?”she asked.”i dont know if i would put it quite like that but yes. “He said.

“Cool! This sounds like a lot of fun. “She answered. “It is a lot of fun. Have you ever played before? “He asked.  “No i have not. I have aways wanted to. I am looking froward to it.”she said. “Its fun. ” he said. “Im sure it is.” she said. 

They finished eating. “So am i a good cook? “She asked. “You are. Thank you. ” he said. He hugged and kissed her. “I like to cook. ” she said. ” your good at it. ” he said. 

They used the campgrounds shower facility. Then they returned to the cabin and got changed. He wore blue shirt shorts and sandles. He was not much for shorts or sandles. Sense he was goung on a boat, he decided to wear them. 

She wore a pink shirt and tan shorts and flip flops. He was stil shocked that his parents set him with her. They had always been very strict. They were conservitive. Old fashioned.  Why did they bring them together? 

He assumed that they would set him up with a fellow independent fundimental baptist. That was not what happened.  He was curius why. 

Yet there was something about her. He did feel something for her. That he knew. It made no sense. Maybe it did not need to. 

“Ready?” he asked.  “You bett. ” she said. She took his hand. They walked to the maine office. He paid for the rental. An attendent took off the chain from the boat. They got in and lunched. 

“I love being on a boat.  ” jeny told him. “I do too. ” he said. “I love watter. I could spend a whole day on the watter and be fine with it. ” she told him. 

“I dont get out hear mearly as much as i would like to. ” he told her. “I know what you meen. “She said. 

“I find i am suprised that our parents paired us up. My parrents are so strict. It does not make sense that they would agree to this. ” he said.

“You could ask them?” she asked. ” i could but i am not sure that i want to.” he said. “Why would you not want to?” she asked. “It could take away from the mystique.  ” he said. She laughed. “Ok!  ” she said. 

“Mayby i dont need to understand it. Some things mayby are not suposed to be understood mayby not now at least. I am probably not making any sense. ” he said. 

“I think i understand.  Its like your favorate song. You have your idea what it meens. You might be curious what the real meening is. Your tempted to go check it out on song facts.  You dont want your views shatered. You just keep wondering.  ” she said. 

“I had not thought of it that way but ok. Most of the songs i like are prety srlf explinitory like “holy holy holy” or “churches one foundation ” or “a mighty fortres is our God. “. With the exception of “i come to the garden alone ” i dont have a clue. ” he said.

“I am prety sure i know why my perents aranged for me to marry a Baptist pastor. My dad wanted to become more conservitive.  My dad is a committed. United Methodist but he is slightly to the right of most united Methodist.  He always has been. As to your perents Mayby they wanted you to not tone down your doctrine but mayby your approach. ” she said.  “Mayby i dont know.  Mayby i should not try to psychoanalyze it. ” he told her. 

“Am i a disappointment? ” she asked. He touched her hair. His heart sank. “No sweetheart. Not at all. “He said.”i just wanted to make sure. “She said.  “No your great. “He said. “I was just checking. ” she said.

“Am i not quite what you expected? ” he asked.  “Your not quite what i expected.  It is a good thing. I like you. ” he said. “I am glad to hear that.  ” he answered. 

They stayed out in the watter for a while. Then they camr back in. They reterned the boat. He hugged her. She held on to him. She never expected him to be so affectionate. He loved be affectionate with her. She would come to crave it from him. 

They then drove to a paint ball place. They rented the equipment.  They decided to play a kind of hide and go seek.  They gave themselves plenty of leed time. They went after eachother.

He saw her coming. Botg perpared to get the first schot. Jeny got there first. She kept fireing. She gothis face shield. By the time he could see again he had been hit multiple times. 

They both started laughing. They went again. He was able to snkeek up on her.she did not see that coming. .they lost tract of time. Some other people ask them to join a capture the flag type game. They worked together and got the enemy flag. 

They decided to call that. A day afyer several hours.  He took her hand.”you are a mess!”she remarked.”your one to talk!” he responded. They both laughed. 

They went back to the camp ground. They got cleaned off then changed. They had a late lunch. “I have never foubd it easy to express my feeling. I dont wear my heart on my sleve. ” he said.

“I suspected you might be a bit of a stoic.”she said. “So i have been told.”he said. “I will have to tickle you or something.  Get it out of you!”she said. “I dont think that is nessisary. ” he said.  She laughed. 

“I like that you are so affectionate. ” she said. “It is the only way i know how to express my feelings.  “He said.”touch could be your love language.  I am not much for physical touch. I cringe when my sisters hug me. Its different with you.  I like hugging you. “She said. “I am glad to hear that.”he said. They laughed. 

“Something is different with touching you i guess. “She said.”i know what you meen.”he said. 

After dinner,they read the first 17 verses of romans together. He wondered how two ministers doing devotions in romans would go. 

“I see verse 16 and 17 as the key verses of the whole book or at least the first 11 chapters. ” he said. She thought it over. ” i can see that. ” she said.

“I used to think that the first 14 verses were just introductory.  Hi how are you,  im good. In looking at it more in dept, i believe that they corispond with the thises satement found in 16 and 17.” he said. ” yes i  definitely see that. I never really thought of it that way but it makes sense. ” she said.

“I see key words ,not ashamed of gospel, power of God unto salvation.jew first,also to the greek, Righteousness of God. Just shall live by faith. I think that the first 11 chapters corispond to those. ” he said.  He felt very self conscious about all of this. He feard that she would view him as a hick with little education. He feard losing the spiritual leadership of the family. Worse then that he feard never having it. 

She was interested in what he said. She wrote it down. She pondered it in her mind. She considered it a long time later. 

After they prayed together.  They held hands while they prayed. While he did not think it went well. It had an impact on her he did not realize. 

They played minopoly after. She ended up wining. They went outside and sat on the smal porch. “Beautiful night?” she remarked.  “It is. ” he said. 

“Hey sense i planed today, you want to plan tomorrow? ” he asked. She smiled. “Cool! Yea i would.  Can i lead the bible study?” she asked. “You want to cover the topic of wrath of God?” he asked. “I know that God is a God of wrath as well as love. I am not afraid of it. ” she said. “Yea you can. ” he said. “Sounds good! ” she said.

She put her hands around his waist. She placed her head on his beck. ” why do you have a hard time expressing how you feel?”she asked.”i have no idea. I always have. It is a bit of a family joke. ” he said. 

“You are very analytical.  That is fine.i can work with that. ” she said. She held on to him. He kissed her. 

After a while,  they decided to go to bed. They talked a bit. They eventually fell asleep.  

End of part five

Next up james and jeny have there third full day at marriage.  This day jeny plans the itinery. With some suprises. 
 

Unlikly couples part six 

Pastor becky was a united Methodist minister. She grew up in. A baptist circle.she abadoned Christianity but came back to it. Instead of going to fundimental baptist, she went to the evengelical mainline prostinent . she found something endearing about him. She found the more times she ran into him, the more she really liked him. 

She did not want to define there relationship, at least not this early on.so when he mentioned it, it threw her for a loop.  She panicked. 

For a while,she shut down.she decided she wanted a break. She needed time to catch her breath. He gave her a while. He decided to stop by on the way to see her. 

At first she did not want him to come by. He had this ability to melt her heart. She knew how she felt about him.  

He had a good weekend.  He enjoyed spending time at his old church. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He felt like he got to relive his childhood.  He was glad to have some time to recharge his bateries. 

He hoped she would call.  She did not.he wanted to call her. He knew he had to give her space. She needed time.  He missed her. He could not deny that. 

That sunday becky decided to preach at her church. Then she headed for craig’s family church. She was nervous.she considered heading back but she did not. She did want to see him. 

She arived in the early afternoon.  It was before they had a dinner. She saw pictures of the church. Sadie saw her. ” hi i did not know you were coming?” she said.” i did not know myself. ” she admited. 

“Does craig know your hear?”she asked. “No not yet. It was kinda on impulse i gues. So is this craig as a kid?”becky asked her. “Thats him. He was six when the church was started. I was a baby then. ” sadie said.

“He looks like he had a lot of energy back then?”becky asked. ” he did. Thats what i have heard. He was not hyper. He just had a lot of energy. ” sadie said. “Have you two always been close?” she asked.  “Prety much yea. I think the age difference was an obstacle but yea we have been prety close.  ” sadie said. 

” i like this pictute. ” becky said. “That was the five year anniversary.  He was 11. ” sadie said. 

During the diner the pastor prayed. Everyone started to go though the line. He saw her. “Beck what are you doing hear?” craig asked. ” i wanted to be hear. I know this is importent to you. Plus i think Its my turn to come see you. ” she said. ” i am not counting.  I am glad to see you. I missed you. ” he said.

“I missed you too.” he said. They sat down. They sat next to his parrents. “Mom and dad. I would like to meet becky granger. This is my parents pastor greg and jeen wallice. ” he said ” it is good to meet you. ” becky said. “It is good to meet you.” pastor wallice said. 

“I enjoyed seing early picture of the church.  ” Becky said. “Alot of these pictures were colecting dust. It was fun looking though old pictures. It brought back a lot of memories.  ” mrs wallice said. 

“So do you go to craig’s church?” his dad asked. ” no i go to a different church.” she said. She realy hoped they did not ask follow up questiones. 

During the afternoon,  he talked to his mom.” so is becky your girlfriend?”his mom asked. “We have not defined it yet. I hope so someday. I really like her. ” he said. “Your dad and i were prety sure you did. “She said. “I had no idea she was coming. It was quite a suprise” he said. 

They had a felowship time in the afternoon.  At night there was a service. After he and becky sat on the steps of his parents house. “I am so glad your hear bec. “He said. “I am glad i came. ” she said.

” i am sory i shut down. I just needed time. ” she said. ” i know.  I wanted to give you that time. It was hard but i knew you needed some space.  ” he said. “I did.  I like how you gave me space but also made it clear you were available.  Thank you. ” she said. 

“I am not trying to change you. I am not. Trying to turn you into a baptist or turn you into me. I love spending time with you.  I love being with you. I feel like i can be me around you. That is my only motive for being with me. ” he said. 

“I am beginning to realize that. I gues one of us will probably have to give up our dram for the other person.  I am not sure we can both pastor abd be maried. Im assuming you want to mary me!” she said. 

“I do. Are you open to marying me bec?” he asked. “Yes i am open to it.” she answered. He took her hand.”we have some hard decisions to make.  Lets talk about it. Lets work on her together. We can figure it out togerher. We dont have to solve everything now. I know i have been waiting for you.  There has never been anyone else not really. I have been wating a long time for you. “He told her. 

“I have dated before. There was a few that i thought was serious. Not like this. I got to warn you i going to drive you completly batty?” she said.

“I might do the same with you. I orginize my Sox draw several times until it is perfect. ” he said. ” that might drive me batty. ” she said. He chuckled.  

“Do you realy think this could work?” she asked. He squeezed her hand.”i think love is an emotion but i also think it is a choice.  It is a one tine choice folowed up by little chioces. Can you imagine spending the rest of your life with me? Would you be happy about it?”he asked. 

She had a good imagination. She was good at visulizing things. She thought about there life together.  It caused her to smile. “Yea i think i would be happy about it. ” she said.

“I think your an amazing person bec.i really do. ” he said. “I did not think i was your type. ” she said. “So what is my type?” he asked in a playfull tone.

“Damure, submisive no independent thought. Shy. Barefoot and  pregnent. Someone who cooks and cleen. “She said. 

“Really?  No that is not my type. I am steriotypical typical independent baptist but i am not at the same time. Most fundamental baptist dont fit the steriotype. The steriotype is more hyperbole then reality. That is my type. ” he said 

“Well then pastor wallice what is your type?” she asked in a playful tone. “I dont want a clone of myself or an echo. I value intelligence.  I vailure wisdom.  I value different perspectives.  I have never been afraid to have my views chalenged. I dont believe i am right on everything’. I dont want to be arrogant.  I am sure i can be. I want someone who is smart,who can provide counsel.  I dont want damure.  I want someone who is submisive in the fact of not working against. Someone who is on the same team. Someone who may have strong opinions but is wiling to trust me. Someone who is wiling to give me the final authority.  I have never believed i have all the answers. I would hope to be able to earn your trust. As to barefoot you barly wear shoes for more then five minutes.  ” he said.

She laughed.  “True.  Trust is hard for me. I like being in charge of me. I know i am not realy in control. I know that as a human i am not realy in control.  As a Christian i am definently not in control.  I do want to control everything.  I know i cant but i would like to. To yield by choice.that does not come easily to me. I dont want a power strugle. It might me be easier for me to mary a united mathodist man who is damure himself.  ” she said.

“You would get bored eventually.  It might take time years.  You would tire of it. As would i with the wife you discribe. Mayby oposites do attract.  You and i do have similarities.  We are not as different as it apears. I think we may have more in comon then we believe.  ” he told her. 

“You could be right. This is so scary. If this does not work. We could realy hurt eachother. We could mess each other up. The damage could be irreparable.  I am afraid. I want this. I want you and i. Perhaps some things are impossible.  Some mountons cant be climbed. ” she said. 

“You could be right. There are limits. Some things aren’t ment to be. Some things are.  I dont believe this is impossible.  ” he told her. 

“I was miserable. This break did not work out. I was mad at first when you came. I was glad to see you. “She admited.

“Can we be a couple?  Can we date court whatever title you want to give it?” he asked.  “Ok. I will be your girlfriend. ” she said. “Awsome!” he said.

“By the way that eliphent reallt was riduculous. It take up half my living room. ” she said. “Yea it was an impulse gift. I probably should have put more thought in it. ” he said.”i loved it. I am going to tease about it incessantly but i loved it. Becky wallice does have a nice ring to it “she said.  “You meen reverend becky granger wallice? ” he asked.  “Funy!” she said.

She drove back to her house. They decided that he would stop by on his way to drop his sister off. This was a turning point for them. She called him when she got home. 

To be continued.  

 

Unlikly couples part five

The next day,craig called becky.  She did not answer. He left a vioce mail.”hi beck its Craig.  Look i just wanted to say hi. Call me when you can. “He said.

He was sad that she did not answer. Mayby she was buisy. He wanted to talk to her.  He decided to wait and try later. She did not call back . he tried to call her again. He could not get a hold of her. 

He decided to give her some space. He waited. On Tuesday she called him.he ran for the phone. ” hi hunnie!”he said. ” hi Craig.  Look i am sorry i have been distent for the last few days. I want to take a break for a while.  “Becky told him. 

“Oh ok!  If that is  what you want. For how long?” he asked. “Im not sure. I don’t know if this is a good idea. You and i. We are just too different. I am just not  sure we can make it work. I think we need to take a step back and give this some thought.  “She said. 

“Oh ok. If thats what you feel is best. Bec i really care about you. I want to make this work. “Craig said. “Your a sweet guy. I just dont know. I will let you go. “She said. “Ok. ” he answered. 

He said his goodbye.  He was sad to hear that. He wanted to continue this relationship.  He wished he had not said anything.  He hardly new how to break this stand still. He did not want it to end this way. 

He tried to focus on the church.  He tried to stick to bussiness. It was not easy. He still wanted this relationship. He hoped that this was not really the end. 

He checked her face book page. Her post were church ot community events. Nothing too much. She shared some post from united methodist church and music page. He hated staying away.  

He wrote her a note. One he never intended to send. He told her how he missed her. When they were maried she found it. It was one of her favorate notes from him. 

It was two weeks sence he last spoke to her. He hoped he would have been ok but he was not. He stil missed her. Nothing has changed. He knew that they had a lot of hurdles. Being apart was not the answer. Trying to ignore how they felt was not working. He did not know what else to do. 

He wanted to call her. He felt he should not. He felt he should honor her wishess. He did need to give her some space.  Even though it was hard.  He used the time to get closer to the lord. He tried to prepare his heart. He started to see this as an oportunity to get closer to God.  

He had been invited to attend the 20th anniversary of his the church his farther founded. He decided to go. This was a huge development for the church that inspired him. This started his road to ministry. He was excited to celebrate it.  

He agreed to pic up his sister sadie who lived in between hagervile and his parents in the town of morrison. Stoping to pic up sadie in dawson would justify pasing though where reverend becky lived. He could say he was just pasing though. 

He found a large stuffed eliphent. He decided to get it for becky. He would give it to it. It was huge and barly fit in the car. He hoped that she would accept it. Not only for the syimbolism but because it took so much space. If she did not accept it. Perhaps he coukd give it to his baby sister and youngest brother. 

He arived at sadie’s apartment. She saw the large animal. “What is that?” she asked. “I want to make a stop on our way. It is for a friend.  ” he said. “Ok. Where are we stoping?” she asked. “Foster. ” he said. “Who do you know in foster?” she asked.  

They drove to Becky’s house. Becky lived in the parsonage.  She was the first pastor to do in quite a while. The parsonage was rented out to a family. They decided to move just before she was called to pastor.  She decided to move in sense she was not from the area. It worked out for her. 

He saw her car so she figured that she was home. He parked the car. Sadie was confused by all this. “You have a friend who is united Methodist? “She asked.   “Yea. She is really nice!” he said. “She?” sadie asked. They got out of the car. He had trouble moving the eliphent.  

Becky had a low key morning. She was easing into the morning.  She read from the bible and drank cofee and had toast. She was spending tine at her house. Later she planed to go to her church office. She wore a black t shirt abd jeens and was barefoot.  Usualy she wore skirts. She figured that she would change before she went to the office.  She saw the car in her drivway. She recognized the car. She did not recognize the young women with him. Why was he hear? 

She wanted to run away. She decided to talk to him. She sliped on flip flops and went out to see him. “Hi beck. Look i know that you and i are on a break. I am heading to see my parents and i wanted to say hi. I have something for you? ” he told her. 

She looked the stuffed animal over. “An eliphent really?” she said . she rolled her eyes as she said it. “I thought it was ironic. ” he said. ” oh!” she said. 

“This is my sister sadie. Sadie this is becky granger. ” he said. “It is good to meet you?” sadie said. “It is good to meet you. ” becky said. “Sade can beck and i have a few minutes? ” he asked. ” sure! ” she said.

Becky and craig walked around the propery. ” look i know you wanted me to stay away for a while. I wont stay long. I am sory i brought up the whole dating thing. I should have known that it was not thr right time to bring it up. I got inpatcent. I know there are a thousands obsticles to our relationship.  There are probaly hurdles we have not even considered. We are different in so many ways. We have almost nothing in common. ” he said. 

“You know you are not doing a good job selling this?” she asked. ” i know. This is not going to be easy. This might be the hardest thing we have ever done or will do. There are a thousand reason why we should not do this. Why we just walk away. I can only think of one reason why we should persure this. ” he said. 

” whats that? ” she asked.  ” its Gods will. Who the lord has joined together,  let no man tear asunder. I believe that. I dont totaly understand it. You said you enjoyed being with me. I love being with you.  When i am i dont want to be anywhere else. I know you feel the same way.  It was not love at first sight. That night at the cofee shop i thought this is her,this is my wife. I dont have all the answers.  I dont have any answers. I know your afraid to get close to me. I understand why. I have a lot of love to give. Thats what i came to say. Call me if you want to. ” he told her. 

He started to walk away. “Craig! Wait!” she said. He stopped. She hugged him. He held on to her. “I mised you. I will call you later ok?” she said. “Ok!” ” he said smiling. 

She walked him to his car. “It was good to meet you sadie. We will have to talk sometime. ” shw said. “I would like that. ” she said. They said there goodbyes.  They drove off.

 “You have some explaning to do.  ” his sister said.  ” i know. We met while i was on my way home from visiting my college. I happened to stop there. I did not know that it was a united Methodist. She came up to say hi. A couple houers later…” he said.  She laughed. “We went to a cofe shop. A week later i came to visit her. A week after that she came to see me. We did not define our relationship.  We just kept seing eachother. It was going great until i opened my big mouth. I asked what this was. I kind of wrecked every thing. ” he said. 

“Well ,you could have not have known that will be the result. You were understandibly curious.  Who would not be?” sadie said. “You know me i am inpatient.  What if i did irreparable damage?”he asked. ” she feels the same as you do. I can tell. She is just afraid. “She said.  

“What is she afraid off?”he asked. “You and her not working out. She probably thinks one of you will give up there dream. She assumes it will be her. I think there is more. There are a lot of things that could go wrong.i can tell she cares for you deeply.  She does want this.  I am sure of that. “She told him.

“What do i do?”he asked. “The thing your not good at. Being patient.  “She said. “I knew that was coming. Ok. “He said. “I think you two can work all this out. I realy do. I should have known you would find someone evenually. Mayby your not called to singleness!”she said. “Did you think you were?”she asked. “No but i was begining to wounder. “He said. She laughed. 

“I like her. “Sadie asked. “How am i going to sell her to mom and dad?”he asked. “You could tell them she is a catholic and then when they calm down tell them the truth ” she said. “I dont think that will help. ” he said. She chuckled. “Probably not. ” she said. 

“It certainly does complicate things. ” he said. “It does . the most worthwhile things usually are. ” she said. 

End of part five. 

Next up becca and craig sit down for a heart to heart talk during his dads church’s anniversary. 

This is now part three 

Sense becca and jim broke up, she kept buisy runing her dad’s bookstore.she decided that she wanted to move closer to jim and hus church. She decided she wanted to marry him. She lived by proverbs 31. She did some reserch. The owner of a christian bookstore near jim wanted to divest his ownership in the store. She contact him.

She wore a gray shirt,green skirt and flip flops. She arived at the store. She walked in. “Bill! “She said. “You must be becca. ” he said. “Yes. Its good to meet you.. ” she said. 

 “As i said on the phone, i have run this store for 25 years. My son and his family live in Florida.  They have been beging me to move closer to them. I do not want to abandon the store.  I would like to divest but stay part owner. ” bill said. 

He have her a tour. “I have a whole section of bible. While to many christian book store, bibles are an afterthought but not hear. I separate bibles from bible resources.  I looked at your stores website and saw that you only carry king james.we do cary other versons. There is a lot of interest in king james in this area. I dont know if you know pastor jim at faith church but he is a big king James guy. ” bill said. “I know him. I see you have a lot of king james. I like that. ” she replied. 
  “This is our resource section. I screen the books i sell.  I avoid any books that promote text critism,higher or lower. My principle is not to sell anything that questions the veracity of the word of God. ” bill said. “That definitely came though on your website. I appreciate that. ” she said. 

“I avoid reform writers especialy in commentaries.  I do have reform writers in other section.  ” bill said.

They came to the music section. “This could be a sticking point. I see your book store only sell sacred music.  I do sell ccm. I listen to k love and have it playing in the store.  “He said.

“I saw that you sold ccm albums.  I dont to radically change your store. I understand that it has a different culture from faithful bookstore.  I dont intend to turn it to ours.”he said. 

Then they went to his office. “So why the intetest in buying into my store?”bill asked.” well i want to move hear. I would like to be established hear. I see the bookstore as a ministry. I would like to have a ministry hear. ” she said. 

“What bring this desire to move hear?” bill asked. “I would like to be closer to my fiancée.  “She answered.  Jim had no idea that she was hear in town. She ans jim had kept in touch via text and facebook sense her visit.she did not want him to know she was coming . she wanted to surprise him. 

He was in his office when he got a text from her. “Where ate you?” she asked. He texted her back. “In my study at the church. ” he answered. He got another text.  “Look out your window. ” it said. He was confused. He did as she requested. He saw her car. 

He ran out and she hugged her. “What are you doing hear?” jim asked.”i wanted to surprise you. ” becca answered.  “Im definitely surprised.  “Jim replied. She smiled. “A good kind of suprise?” she asked. “Yes. Very good. ” he said.

“I am really glad to see you. ” he told her. He had a big smile on his face when he told her that.  ” want to grab a bite to eat on me?” she asked. “Yes to the first part. As to the seccond i got it. ” he said. “O-k!” she said.

They went to a resturant. “Look jim, i was opposed to breaking off the engagement back then. You needed to sort all this out. You were a bit unstable. You are stable now. You are firmly established in what you believe.  You know who you are. I have changed as well. I have done some maturing at least i believe. I have. Sence the last time i spoke to you i have been praying and reeding scripture and i want to resume our engagement.  I want to be your wife and helper,partner,suport system.i want this.  I am sure of that.  ” she told him. 

Jim was shocked . “bec i am not opposed to resuming our engagement.  In fact i really like the idea. I need you to know that i shaped the church in a way that i felt honored the lord. I left some evenlugical culture in place. I have focused on doctrine ,morals and modesty to the exclusion of orther issues.  Music is one of those issues.  I dont see the need to alter that.  I stil believe dreses or skirts is prefered atire for ladies but i don’t mandate it. ” he said. 

“I assumed that was your policy. I. Not going to change your church.  I want to be tour helper.i know you.i know you put the policies you did after carefull consideration with a lot of prayer. I trust you. I work to work with you not against you. I like  your church, i really do. I want to be a part of it. I believe i have gifts and abilities that can be an aset to the church. ” she said. 

“I can’t believe i am saying this but i really like the worship team. They do a good job. ” jim asmitted. “I gathered that.  ” she said. 

“The isues we faced before still exist.  There is rhe issue of your church and your family and myine. I am sure your parents will object. You could be a periah. ” he said. 

“Do you not want to be with me?you seam to be trying to push me away. “She said. “I just want to make sure that you understand the full ramifications of your decision.  ” he told her. 

“I do jim. I see God’s hand on your life. I see him working in faith bible church. I want to be a part of it. Let me!” she pleaded.

 Jim thought about it. “Faith church is very different. It is nothing like what your used to. It will require a lot of adjustment.  I am not sure you are prepared.  ” he told her.

“I am probably not. Thats ok. I will adjust. I will get though it. ” she said. “I do want to marry you. I have wanted to sense the first time i met you. I have to be certain your certain. ” he said.  “I understand that. I am totally sure. I am as sure as ruth was when she pledged herself to boez. You know how carefull i am when i speak. I do not say it lightly. I have given it a lot of thought. ” she declared.

“I know you dont do things unless your sure . unless you have put a lot of thought into it. I have always lived and appreciated that about you. Not to go all john macarthur on you but i feel i have to make it hard for you to follow.  This decison will affect your entire life. ” he told her.

“I realize that. I never ecpected you to reference john macarthur.  I understand the ramification of this. I am committed to this. I do it hapily!” she said. 

“Are you totally sure? “He asked. “Yes. I am totaly sure. ” she said with a smile on her face. “I am sorry to grill you. There is biblical presidence Joshua final adress. ” he said. 

“I thought that was where you were going with that. Do you want to grill me on my doctrinal stance or can we be engaged again?” she asked. 

He considered her words. He thought about it for a minute. She did not like the awkward silence. She knew that was how he did things. This was how he made decisions.  She would be patcient and would wait for him. 

“Do you want your old engagement ring or a new one?” he asked her.she smiled.  “I would like the old one ” she said. “Ok! I know right where it is. When will you be in town again?  ” he asked. “Well i am curently working on negotiating to buy part of bill braket’s book store. I will be hear frequently.  ” she told him. 

“You want to buy a share of bill’s bookstore?” he asked. “I do. I love runing the store om hagervile. I really want to move hear to be closer to you. I want to get more involved in faith church. I like his bookstore. ” she said. “What would you have done if i had said no? “He asked. “That was not an option.” she told him.

“Next time your in town we will get reengaged officially.  Your my fiancée again.  ” he told her. She smiled. He hugged her. ” i know i can fill in your gaps. I believe i can be a blessing.  ” she told him. 

“I know you will. ” he said. “I am so happy. ” she said. “What will your parents say? Your dad will hate to lose you at the bookstore.  ” he said.  “I know. I hate to leave but i am sure i am called hear.  I am sure of it. I can’t  stay where i am. I mean that figuratively and litetaly. I need to be hear . i need to be with you. ” he said.  “Ok. “He said. 

They walked out hand in hand. They said there goodbyes.  She drove back to hagervile. She had to tell her farther. She had become the head of day to day operations for the store. She would be leaving the store. 

“Dad we need to talk. “She told him.”ok. Pumpkin.  What is it?” her farther asked. “I reconnected with Jim.  He is pastoring a non denominational church in foster. We want to start the engagement.  ” she told him. 

 “Ok. I have always liked jim. I was sad when we left our church and joined the evengelical movement.  I felt that the lord has had his hand on his life. I am glad he is pastoring a church. When the engagement was broken off,  i suspected that it was not foever. I thought you reconnect.  I can suport this. ” he said.

“Thank you daddy but there is more. ” she said. “I knew it. ” he said. “I want to move to be closer to him. I want to be involved in his church. I will need to step away from the bookstore.  I want to buy a steak in a bookatore near the church. ” she said. 

“I gues i knew you would not stay hear foever. I loved working akongside you. I am excited for you and your new adventure. I am going to miss you. ” he said. She hugged her dad.

“I am pleased that you are continuing the book store tradition.  Your not too far away. “He said. “I will visit you and mom as often as i can. ” she said. “You will do fine!” he said. 

After a series of back and forth on the phone becca worked out am agreement to buy a share of the bookstore.  She would drive to foster to conclude the deal. She could begin the groundwork for there life together.  She was excited.she saw the lord at work.

 She drove to foster. She had a good meeting with bill. She worked out an agrement with bill and a time table for her to become general manager of the bookstore. She now had direction. She had a plan. She was pleased with all of this.  Things were comming together in a way she never planed.  

She liked this bookstore.concluding the deal was only part of the reason she came to foster. She got the business side of her trip out of the way. Then she could focus on the orther reason she came to town. 

She met up with him at the resturant. She saw him. “How did it go?” he asked.  “Great.  In a mounth i will oficialy take ovet as managing owner. My dad is sad to see me move but us happy for me. “She said.”congrats. I am happy for you. ” he told her. “Thanks. I am excited as well. It is an exciting new chapter ” she said. 

The dinner went well. Becca wanted him to hury up and reperpose. She wanted to once again ware the engagement ring. She wanted him to get on with it. She wanted to know he was really in this. She knew he had this thing about timing. She tried to be patcient.  She waited for years. She was not up on being patcient.

“Do you want desert? ” she asked. “Not really. ” she said. What she really wanted was for him to perpose again. She did not want to be distracted by disert. “Are you sure?  Thr chese cake is amazing hear. “He said. “Not tonight. “She said. Ok.no desert then. ” he said. She chuckled. 

He took care of the bill.  She got a little agitated. She did not want to say anything.  She wanted him to initiate this. She really hoped that he would not let her drive back to hagervile without getting engaged. She wanted to go home engaged. She waited a little bit longer. 

They walked outside. She almost did not hold her hand but she did not want to be like that. She tried to remain calm. It was not easy. The two neared the car. 

She was about to open the door when he stoped her. “Wait! “He said. She stoped what she was doing. “Yes.” she said. “I know you dissagreed with my breaking off the engagement.  We may never fully agree on this.  I am not sure. I was not as strong in my faith back then. I needed time to figure things out. I believe that i am in a stronger place spiritually.  I believe i am now ready to be married.  Will you marry me?” he asked.

“Yes! Absolutely!  ” she said. She huvged him. She did not want to let go. She just wanted to cling to this moment and to him as long as she could.  “You ok hunnie? ” he asked. “I was afraid that you were not going to perpose again. I am happy you did. I just want to be close to you. ” she told him. “Sory i waited.  ” he said. “Its ok. I am eager to begin our life together and ministry. ” she said.

“I can understand that. ” he said. “I just needed to know you want this as much as i do. ” she said. “Breaking the engagement was gut rencing and awfull. I thought if i left that world i would have to fully leave that world.  It killed me breaking up with you. I did not do it hapily. I just did not want you to see my tears. I thought of you constently. I almost called you a hundred times.  I never stoped loving you. “He told her. 

She hugged him. “You dont know how much i needed to hear that.  Dont take this the wrong way but i kinda wanted you to be miserable. I wanted you to desire us to get back together. I never gave up the hope that we would get maried. Now i understand why. ” she said. ” i am glad we are doing this!” she said. ” me too. ” he said.

To be continued. 
 

Unlikly couples part four

The next day,pastor Becky arived at the church. She went to her office. She saw a series of flowers on her desk.  “Whats this?”she asked. “Oh. It is for you.”her asistent jill said. She looked at the card. “To pastor becky. Hope this britghens your day. You have brightened myine. ” it was singed pastor craig. She chuckled.  

“Something you want to tell me becky?”Jill asked. ” he is a freiend?”she said.  “So is he the reason you went to hagervile?”she asked.  “Yea. He was the one that came to our church a few weeks ago.”Lilly said.

“Are things serious between you two?”jill asked.”i dont know. We did just meet. He is a fundy. I meen hatd core. “Lilly said. “Oh! He has not run for the hills?”jill asked. “Quite the opposite.  “Lilly said.  “You have not run for the hills?”jill asked. “No i have not. Should i?”lilly asked. 

“I have never seen you like this. ” remarked.  “I have not felt like this i. Some time. ” lilly said. “Your bot afraid it cant work?  You two are destened for dissaster?”jill asked. “No i am woried about that. ” lilly asked. 

“Why are you not runing for the hills?”jill asked. “Becuase i dont want you.” lilly said.  “I figured. Well i hope it works out. I really do. “Jill said. Lilly did not say abything but she hoped that too. 

Later on in the day. Craig called her. “Hi craig!”she said. “Did you get the flowers?”he asked. “I did. Thank you so much. They were beautiful.  It was very thoughtfull. “Lilly answered. “I hoped it was not too soon. ” he said.”no! Your timing was perfect.  “She said. 

She wondered what he ment by two soon. Was he thinking that they were a couple or would be someday. What was he thinking? Did he think that they had a future together. Did he want them to? 

“I’m glad. Your not alurgic. I almost asked you but. I did not want to give away the secret. ” he said. “I am definently not alergic to flowers.  ” she said. “I am glad you like them. ” he said. 

She found that he had a way of calming her. She liked that about him.he knew how to sooth her. The more she got to know him the more she came to love him. She admired him. She found him to be kind and gentle. 

Though she was known as a strong leader at her church.  She was confident and competent.  She coukd be forcefull. She has wisdom and was good at stratigy. He had goals and had a plan to bring them to fruition. To outsiders she seemed to be all bussiness all the time. She was a workahilic. 

She seemed to be all work. She had no real social life. When not involved in church activities she was involved in comunity and civic events. That was not the real her. Craig started to see a different side of her. 

They rearanged there shudule so they could get tohether on saterday. Saterday morning they got ready for sunday. Saterday afternoon they would spend the afternoon together.  It was his turn to come see her. 

She made chicken salid sandwitch. She made a chese cake for desert.  She brought chips. She liked to bake . she did not do it much. She was constently on the go. 

He met up her at a park. They usualy did not engage in hardly any public display of affection but she hugged him. “How is the surmon coming?”she asked. “Really good. I am preaching on finding peace with God. My primary text is Romans. 3:24 but i am going to go though several ddifferent. verses.  You have it easy.  All you do is follow the lectionary. ” he said.

“Yes the topic is assigned.  I can have the fredom to take it where i will. I put my iwn personal touch. It is usualy a bit vaugue. ” she said. “If the topic or passege of scrupture is assigned mounths in advance by some luturgical body somewhere,where does work of the holy sprit come in? I dont know how many times my entire surmon has changed sometimes minutes before the surmon begins.” he said.

“God is a God of order. Lectionary is a tool that can keep a preacher from avoiding rabit trails. By designating the pasege it reduces the risk of preaching a pet peve. ” she said. 

“I am careful not to go on a rabit trail. I dont know if i could never get use to having my surmon topics assigned every week. At bible colege i waa asishned to preach from seccond chronicles 7:14. I believe that was for the original readers not directly given to twenty first century america. The professor felt differently. I avoided the promise and dealt with it in the context of israel. I delt with getting right with God and his restoration while avoiding the promise aspect. I got good comments from the proof. He felt i should have tied it to america. Oh well!” he said. 

“I take it you are big on independence of the local church?” she asked. “Yes. I believe that local churches shoyld be self governed.  I dont believe that churches should be islands.  I meet up with area fundamental pastors. My dad is a pastor and i stay in touch with him. I keeo acontible with an area pastor i should consider a sprituel farther.i do believe in acontibility. ” he said. 

The picnic was a huge success.  He loved the chicken salid sandwitch.  She did not realize he could eat. He was thin . Almost too thin. He did eat. She wore a gray shirt and green skirt.she had removed her flip flops. The day was going great. Then he had to say it.

 “What are we? Are we dating?” he asked. “No! Lets not go there!”she said. She seemed nervous,agitated. “I dont understand “he said. “I dont want to go there yet. We realy enjoy eachothers compony. I know i love being with you. I think you enjoy spending time with me. ” she told her.”i do. Very much so. “He answered.

“Once we try to figure this all out then its gets complicated. We have to deal with the eliphent im the room neither one of us knows how to. I know we are going to have to deal with all of this but i dont want to yet.i dont know if we can sort all of  this. “She said. 

“Im sory. I did not meen to upset you. Your right.  I probably should have waited to ask. I got curios. “He said. “Its ok. This is a fantasy isn’t it. Your a separatist Baptist,i am a welcoming united Methodist.  We are entranced in our denominational ideologies. It is crazy to think we can make this work.  One of us would have to leave there world and embrace the other. I dont think it could work long term without it. ” she said. 

“You believe for our relationship to work long term,one of us has to give up our dream?” he asked.  “Dont you?” she asked. “I gues your right. “He said. “You would want me to be the one to resign? You dont see female ministers as legitimate.  Of course i should be the one to quit. ” she said. 

“I dont believe bibilicaly women should be pastors.  God is creator and redemer, he gets to decide how his church is governed. God designed men to be in leadership even before the fall. “He said.

“I disagree.  Yes it does say the bishop is to husband of one wife. That is an example.  There is no explicit command that a pastor must be male.”she said. “That is a bit of linguistic gymnastics. “He said. “I dont think so.  How do we make this work? Can we realistically? “She asked. 

“I dont know!”he asked. “I figured. “She said. “I am sory i brought it up. I did not meen to upset you.”he said “its ok. I know that. Why did you show up a week later? You could have gone back to hagervile and we could have never seen eachother again. Why risk it all?” she asked. 

“I dont believe my stoping at your church was an acident.   I was not lonly or inconplete or any of that before i met you. At least i did not think so. I did not perposly remain single during the last few years.  I believe i needed to focus on the ninistry. Focus on establishing the church and establishing myself. I believe God work on the best timing,his timing not ours.  Meeting you was the highlight of that whole trip. I could not stop thinking about you. I dismissed it at first but i knew there was more going on. ” he said.

“I will never be your dream wife. I am not exactly independent fundimental Baptist.  I could not get out of that world. You can take me out of the pastorate but i wont be your kind of wife. Thats just not who i am.  You would not be happy as a united Methodist pastor’s husbend?” she said. 

“Is that you want? Me to resign from gospel Baptist  and be a pastor’s husband? ” he asked. “I could not ask that of you.you believe that this is God’s caling in your life.  I would not want to undermine that. So where does that leave us? A masive stand still. ” she said. 

“Would you rather have had me not come back a week later?” he asked. “It might have made life easier. It would have been simpler.  No i wouldn’t. That would have made me sad not to see you again.  ” she answered.

They tabled the conversation for a while.  There was a voly ball net set up. They played for a bit. They each won three games.  He decided he should head back. She made him promise he would call when he got home. She worried until he called.

 “Hi bec. Im home!”he said. “Good im glad. I did have a good day with you. I love spending time with you.” she said. “I had a good time with you.  I love hanging out with you. ” he said.  

Things were complicated between them. They both knew it. Neither one knew how to solve it.  Perhaps there was for another time.  

To be continued.  

This is now part two

“So are you dating anyone?”jim asked.  “No . i am not. ” she said. “You should.  Your an amazing godly women. You will make a great wife. You should be open to finding someone. “He told her.

She had no idea how to respond to all of this.  Why did he say that? Did he have no interest in her? Why was he pushing her to move on? Why did he want her to mary someone else.  She found this disconcerting and frustrating.  She tried to remain calm but she found it dificult to do so. 

“I am at peace.  I trust that the lord will provide a husband at the proper time. I am content. I seeno need to get nervous about it. “She said.

“You will be a great wife!” he said. Why did he keep saying that? She thought to herself. It irked her. She wanted to be his wife. Why was he pushing this?

“Your not seing anyone?” she asked. “I am too buisy. I believe i can date a sister in the church.  It is problematic.” he said.
“You dont regret not marying me? “She asked. “We were heading into different directions.  Two canot walk unless they be agreed.  You would not be happy in this world. I would not be happy in yours. It was not ment to be. “He said. 

“I dont agree. I dont think i ever will. You should have trusted me. You should have given me a chance. ” she said.   

She did not want there reunion to be like this.  She did not want them to fight. She just wanted to be happy with him. Despite her hurt she stik had strong feelings towards him.she still loved him.

He had no idea how to respond to what she said. “You have to admit that we were heading in different directions.  Your patents were have never suported it. It would have been a mess. I did not want to make you chose between your family and me. I still believe in parental oversight of marriage.  I did not want to put you though that.  ” he said.

“When you perposed i said yes. I pledged myself to you. I knew you were unhappy with fundamental bsptist policies and procedures. I knew you might distence yourself from the movement and gospel baptiat church.i committed to go whever you went. You just left. You did not give me a chance.  I did not have a choice. “She said. 

“If i had, would you have gone with me? Would you havel left fundamental baptist and gone to an evengelical church? Would you disappointed everyone at church and at the college?  I was not sure who i was. I had to figure that out. “He said.

“I would have gone with you. I was prepared to fo just that.  I knew it would have been hard. If my parents had withdrawn there suport i would have tried to sit down and talk to them. I still wanted to Mary you. I knew you were not leaving the faith. Im sorry. Im sory i did not want our reunion to be like this. I am so glad to see you. “She said. 

He smiled. “I am so glad to see you.  I missed you. ” he admitted. “I am so glad your pastoring a church. I liked seing you playing a guter. Never thought i would see that.  “She said.

She did not want to leave but it was getting late.  She had a ways to go. She came to see the reunuon not as a accidental occurence but a devine appointment.  “I should be heading back. ” she said.  “It was good to see you bec. Look call me as soon as you get home. I want to know home safely.  “He told her. “I will i promise!”she said. 

She could tell that he did still care.  It warmed her heart. He walked her to her car. “Dont be a stranger. Feel free to come back to the church any time. “He told her. “Thanks i think i will. “She said.he hugged her. He planed for it to be a quick hug but becca was not quite ready to let him go. The embrace continued before they let each other ago. 

“I will see you around. “She said. “Im glad. I want that.” he said. “I do too. “She said. They started to disperse. They went there seperate ways.  That would not be foever.

On her ride home,she kept thinking about jim. Something was stired in her.  Her family and church had encouraged her to date again. They even tried to set her up with someone else.  She recoiled at every turn. As she drove home ,she began to realize why. She still wanted to marry him. She was just not sure how to convince him of that.  Would he want her back?

When she got home, she called home. “Hi. I made It home. ” she told him. “Hey bec. Im so glad. I was woried.i figured that you would be fine but i was still concern. “He told her. “You do still care about me?”she asked. “Always!” he said.  

“Im so glad to hear that. ” she replied. “Seing you today was the hilight of my day. Some things don’t change do they?” he asked.  “No they dont.” she told him. ” it was really good to see you. I missed you.  ” he said. “I am so happy i got to see you. ” she said. 

Becca had a warm feeling about seing him. Something was stired in her. She would not let him go this time. Her feelings for him had not change. Mayby back then was not the right time. She was begining to think now might be.

Did he feel the same way about her that she did about him? He was a different person. Could it work? She felt an urgency about this. She realy wanted to get back together with him. She knew it involved change and sacrifice. What relationship did not. 

During mid week bible sunday pastor jim as he was called, was flooded with questions.  He expected as much. “So who is becca? “Ben asked. “She is an old friend from my fundy days. “He said. “You are just friends?” another asked.  “Well! …”he said.

He was suprised by his church’s interest in her. He kept to business iness. He poored himself in the church. He did not make time for much else. Seing him with her peeked there intetest.

They saw a different jim. He was task orientated.  He was qiet. Around her he was different.  He was relaxed.  The church loved there pastor and he them. They wanted to see him happy. 

When becca got home, she was not at peace.  She had no idea Why this meeting had such an impact. One day she read devotional about how isack found his wife.  She felt stirred. She felt luke God was about timing. He did things in the right time. She felt this was the right time. 

To be continued. 

Next up becca decided to move to the same town as jim.