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.