Mat’s sister tracy was getting married. There dad died a few years earlier. The job of giving away the bride fell to matt. It was hard for everyone in the family. There dad had been larger then life. His absence was felt. They were independent fundamental Baptist and they were confident that he was in the presence of the lord. The upcoming wedding made his absence felt even more.
Everyone was excited for tracy. Mat felt that it was his responsibility to make sure that the wedding was everything she dreamed it to be. He felt that he was his dad’s stand in. He took that duty very seriously. He wanted tracy to have a wedding she would never forget.
Matt had attended an independent baptist church. When his farther died unexpectedly, he took over the pastoral duties of the church. The church eventually voted him in as pastor. This kept him buisy.
This week he took week off to get ready for the wedding. An old pastor would aficiate.
Seven days before the wedding.
“Hey! Steve wants me to come with her when he takes his parrents and grand parents out for dinner tomorrow. Can you pick up amber at the airport? “Tracy asked. “Yea sure. Is she going to be slain in the sprit on the ride back?” he asked.
“I have no idea. With her you never can tell. ” tracy said. “That i know. “He answered.
Amber was tracy’s best friend .they met while they worked at a restaurant one summer. They had it off despite differences. Tracy was an independent fundamental Baptist and amber was penticostal. She was the only other christian there. They had become close friends.
Amber had been thriled when tracy asked her to be her maid of honor. She moved to the west coast for colege. She went to work for the college after she graduated.
Matt knew amber quite well. She had come over to there house quite frequently. They had a cordial relationship. He did gril her on doctrinal isues from time to time. When there farther died,she fkew out for the funeral. She cooked meels and took care of the minute stuff. No one in the family would forget her kindness and attention.they made sure she knew how appreciative they were of her.
“Thank you i really appreciate this.i am trying not to double book myself.it has not always worked out that way. Your a life savior. I will tell amber to be on her best behavior. No prothetic uterence at least not in an unknown tounge. ” tracy said.”i guess that will have to suffice! ” he said.
6 days before the wedding.
He drove to the airport. He had a collection of hyms playing on the radio. He got a little nervous. He felt a little apprehensive.
He parked and went inside. He saw the passengers arived. He saw her.she wore a pink t shirt with a gray skirt and flip flops. She had his luggage with her. She knew that matt was going to pick her up.
There eyes met. She smilled at her and he smiled back. “Hi amber its good to see you!” he told her.she gave her a hug. She had no idea why she did that. That was not like her. She stoped and moved away. “Im sorry! “She said. He chuckled. “Its fine!” he said.
“So are you in a hury to get back or do you want to stop for lunch?” he asked. “Can we,i am starving. I gotthe cheapest airfare there is. I did not even get a package of penuts. “She said.
“Yea of course. It will give us time to catch up. “He remarked. “I would like that. “She answered. “Great!” he said.
They went to the car. They got into the car. He started the car. “I have a cd in but you can turn on the radio if you want. “He said. “Thank you” she said. She put on the radio. She put on k love.
“Ccm! I should have known. ” he said. “Yes. You should have. I know your not suportive of k love . you believe the old hymms are the only viable kind of music for the church. I disagree with you on that. “She told him.
“This is a topic we dont agree on. I will let you play iy never the less. “He told her. She laughed. “Ok. I appreciate that. ” she said.
They went to the restaurant. “So how do you feel about our miss tracy being all grown up?” she asked. “Weird. Seams like yesterday she was a baby. I am happy for her. Steve is a good guy. He loves the lord and loves her. I have seen the lord working in both there lives. It is a little bitersweet. ” she said. “I figured.”she said.
“I guess it was only a matter of time before she got married and moved out of her own. It is stil hard. I am her big brother. It is my job to worry about her. ” he said.
“It is a lot of responsibility. “She said. “I appreciate you recognizing that. I dont mind doing it but it is a lot. I dont take it lightly. I want to do right by my dad,my mom tracy and the whole family. ” he said.
“Your doing fine. It is all going to come together. It is not going to be a success. ” she remarked.
“I hope so. ” he said ” i know it will.it cant be easy with your dad gone!” she remarked. “I miss him.i feel his absence the closer we get to the weading day. ” he answered. “How is your mom doing with all this? ” she asked. “She has not said anything. I know that it is hard for her. She has the same mixed feelings we all do. ” he said. “Understandable. “She said.
“I gues dad not being hear is the elephant in the room. Weare trying to make it special for Tracy. This is the first lathen wedding. ” he said.
“Well put me to work. Whatever you need, ask! I am totally at your disposal. ” she said. “You should not tell me that.i might overload you with all the stuff i dont want to do. ” he told her. “You can overload me. I dont mind. I am hear for you. ” she said. She ment to say im hear for your family. Could that have been what she ment to say?
“Thank you. I really appreciate that.” he told her. “No problem. “She said. “The truth is that i could use a helper. I dont mind being overloaded but i would like to have someone to share the load with. ” he said. She knew that he was not only talking about the work load.she wanted to make sure he knew that she was wiling to share the emotional load as well.
“I am so glad your hear. ” he said. “Thanks. So how have you been?” she asked. “Extremely buisy but good. The church keeps me buisy. The church is really growing. I am excited by all that is happening. How are you?” he asked.
“Good. Between the flower shop and and working at the college. I like the area but i miss my home town and area. ” she said. “Have you considered moving back? ” he asked. “I love working at the college but yes i could see myself moving back. “She answered. That answer made him smile. She took notice of that.
To be continued.