The next day , Andrew woke up. He got ready for work. Today he made sure he brought his phone. He texted her before he clocked in. “Good morning ab. I miss you. I hope you have a good day. ” he told her.
She saw the text after she woke up.she smiled. She texted him back. “Good morning babe. I miss you too.hope you have a great day. Talk to you in a bit. ” she told him in her text.
They texted back and forth though out the day. He did not carry his cell phone while he was working. He checked his phone on his breaks. They corresponded all thoughout his shifts on his off time.
She could not help wondering if he realy liked texting her? She feared he might just be overcompensating for yesterday. She knew he liked her. Was he Just lonely? She wanted him to be wowed by her. He was just not there.
He calked her on his lunch break. “Hi hunnie, tonight is my churches midweek service. It is usualy a message folowed by prayer time. The men and women split up. Want to come? ” he asked.
“Yes. Sure. ” she said. “Great. It starts at six. ” he said. “Ok. Sounds good. ” she said. When she hung up the phone. She started to have seccond thoughts. She did not know anyone besides andrew. She had talk to his mom and sisters. Probably she could pray with them.
Then something else occured to her. Clark and jacky would be there. Would they be ok with her being there. Would they be uncomfortable seing the man who almost became there son in law with someone else. What if jacky was in her prayer group. This could be really akward.
They were becoming close. If they decide to get maried this will probably become there home church. She would have to get though the awkwardness eventually any ways. Why not start now?
She decided not to burden andrew with her anxiety. The fact he invited her was a huge step. He wanted her in his world. He was letting her in. She was glad of that. She wanted to be in his world. She figured that this was as good a time as any to get though the awkwardness.
She met up with him right before the service. She wore a pink shirt and pink skirt and sandles. “Do i look independent fundamental Baptist enough? “She asked. “Your fine. Everyone knows your penticoastal. Well baby gracie might not but everyone else does. “He said
“Do i send out chariamatic vibes or did you tell them?”she asked. “It came out. “He said. They got into his car. They drovde on to church.
“Are you nervous abby?”he asked. “A little.”she said. “You have been hear before. We are all one family. “He tried to assured her. She did not want to say anything but that was what worried her.
He parked the car. They went inside. She tried not to be nerved on. She knew that she was. They walked inside. Most everyone remembered her from the picnic. She figured out very early on that this was a friendly church. She would become very close with manny in the church.
She liked the pastor’s message. She was not sure what to do. Andrews’s mom invited her to join her and two of his sisters..she folowed them downstairs.
Jacky jouned there group. “Hi its abby right?”she asked. “Yes. Your jacky? “She asked. “It is good to see you again.” jacky remarked. “It is good to see you.” abby answered.
They went around the group and prayed. Abby felt a bit out of place. She was a prayer worier. She liked smal group prayer. It worked out.
“So how do you like our church?”jacky asked. “I like it. It is different form what i am used to but i like it. ” she said. ” we are glad you could come. ” his mom said.
“So its is nice to see andrew smiling again. Its has been a long time. “Jacky said. “It certently is.i had a feeling he was still around. ” Andrews’s mom said.
Abby felt like jacky was reaching out to her. It was so akward. It never occured that liane’s parents might attend the same church that he attended.
She walked upstairs with Andrews’s mom. “I am so glad you came tonight abby. I am really looking forward to getting to know you. ” his mom said. “Thank you. I am looking forward to getting to know you. “Abby said.
“He really is smiling again. He totaly shut down after liane died. He was stil existing. He is himself again. I missed the old andrew. I know it cant be easy for you. “His mom said. “Not always. I think the world of your son. I really do. I care about him a great deal. ” abby said. “I know that. ” she said.
As they neared the sanctuary his mom wispered something in her ear. “Abby! Welcome to the family!” his mom told abby. Abby smiled. “Thank you!” abby said.
She saw andrew. She took her hand. He smiled. The pastor closed the meeting. They were dismissed. They went to his car. “I am so glad that you came tonight. ” andrew told her. “I am glad i came too. Are you going to come to my church Saturday night?” she asked. “definitely! Are you comming to church Sunday night?” he asked. “Yes absolutely! ” she answered. “Awsome! “He said.
She looked at him. He smilled.”what? ” he asked. “You are happy aren’t you? ” she asked. He smiled. “I am happy. I am very happy. Are you ab?” he asked. She hugged him. “Verry!” she said.
That saterday they met up just before her church. He wore a pollo shirt and jeens. She wore a green shirt and denim skirt and sandles. He took her hand and they got in his car.
They arived and went to the sanctuary. She talked to friends of hers. She introduced him as her boyfriend. He was starting to get use to that. He stil felt out of place but hopped that would subside.
He could tell that abby realy liked the worship time. She loved to sing. She loved contemporary style praise and worship music. She was dancing and rasing her hands. He did sing along but did not raise his hands.
He liked the messege from the pastor.it was a totaly different culture.this was verry foregn to him.he felt that she probably felt the same way.
She was happy he came. She loved that they were becoming more of a part of eachother’s world.
That Sunday the pastor found him.”andrew can i talk to you for a minute?” the pastor asked. “Sure!” he said. They went to his office. “Anne’s dad is going to have knee surgery. He is going to be layed up for a couple of months. All of her siblings have moved away. Her mom is in a nursing home. Anne is going to care for him. That means going to Missouri. Neither one of us wants to be apart. Do the kids stay hear or go with her? I am thinking about going with her. I talk to the deacons. I would like to have an acting pastor while i am gone. I have not totaly made a decision. Would you be intetested in asuming the pastoral duties including preaching while i am gone?” he asked.
“Yes i am. I have been considering getting back on the pastoral tract. ” he admited. “I thought you had. It is time to get back on the satle. “Pastor jeff bail said. “If you decide to take a leave i am wiling to help out. ” he said “excellent. The deacons are all on bored. I am going to talk it over with ann and pray over it. We will keep in touch. ” bail told him.
End of part 10
Andrew works on getting back to preperation for full time ministry. A chance meeting between jacky and abby creates more friction between her and andrew.