Three days until the wedding.
The day of the wedding got closer. Things were comming together. The church was shaping up. There was still much to do.
The night before ,tracy ,amber and her mother conplied a list of things left to do. They put together a time table of when they wanted to get it done.
Tracy and amber got up fairly early. This had been there tradition thoughout the week. They got thr cofee ready. Her mom came down the stairs. Tracy and amber said helo to her.
“Mom! I know i have got a little out of hand this week. ” tracy said.”your excited about your upcoming wedding.you should be.its understandible.” her mom said.
“How are you doung with all this?” tracy asked her mom. “Its been hard.it has been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster. I am ok. ” she said.
“I have wanted to talk to you about this. I have been a bit self involved. I wanted to check up on you. ” tracy said.
“This week i have definently felt his absence. It is unavoidable. I knew it would. I am not just thinking about the fact he is not hear. I have been thinking about the good times. ” she said. “There have been Manny? ” Tracy said. She smiled. “There have indeed. ” her mom told her.
“Its hard to see you growing up. Going on your own. I am proud of you trace. ” she said. Tracy huged her.”thanks mom. That meens alot. ” she said.
“You! Miss amber you beter not be a stranger! ” she told amber. “I wont. I will definently visit. I will keep in touch via phone and social media. You cant get rid of me that easily.” amber said. “Good!” Tracy’s mom said.
After a while matt arived. He got some cofee. “Hi mom. Hi trace hi amber.” he said.they all said hi back.he huged his mom. He huged her sister . it was unclear if he did this out of a paturn but he huged amber as well. Neither realized tbat they were hugging until they were well into it. They were both a little embarrassed. Neither one really regretted it though.
Neither one knew what to say.they both tried to move on from that action. Hopefully mom and tracy could overlook it.
Steve arived as well. Tracy and steve hugged. They had breakfast.then they left for the church. They all got together near the front of the church. They asembled for the morning brefing as it were.
” ok midweek service is at 6:00. We need to stop at 4:30. We have a lot to get done and not a lot of time to do it in. ” matt said.
“I want to have the dining hall today. We will need to tidy it up friday.the caterers wil arive. I want what we can get done now done today. Tomorrow we will push hard on the sanctuary. I would love for downstairs to be totaly done.” tracy said.
“I think we can. I just wanted to press that point.” he said. He led in prayer then they got to work.
Matt and Steve finished up working on the lattice work. They finished up the gate and made a door. The decorations on the wall was finished up. A cd player was brought in. During the reception,they would play instrumental sacred music.
They put the finishing touches of downstairs felowship hall. Decorations were placed in the coridors as well.
While decorarions and lattice work for the auditorium began. They started to lay the groundwork. They would not set it up today but they would have it all ready to go the next day. The more done today the better was the mood of everyone involved.
They did some cleaning up and vacuming as well. Usualy the dining hall was used as prayer room on wendsday. Today upstairs room would be used.
Alot had been accomplished. Things were about where tracy wanted them to be. They had everything ready for the service and the work for the next days. The big push would occur Thursday and friday. There waa a rehearsal dinner held at there mom’s house and then the rehersial. Everything had to be done before then. Time would be of the essence. Crunch time would be on Thursday morning.
They left at four thirty. They went home for supper. After dinner,they all got ready for the service. Amber went with him to the church. They took some of the younger kids.
As pastor , matt preached. He got to the podium. ” i want to preach tonight on the unchanging God. Hebrews tels us that God is the same yesterday, today and foever. Our lord is consistent. He is a God of order. He is a God of structure. Sometimes we read leviticus and we can get bodged down. The purpose of the book of leviticus to saw God is a God of order.he ordaned that israel his chosen nation would have distict laws. Thes laws are extensive. It shows a system a structure. Some of these laws were ceremonial. God still has structure. Some cerimonial laws are not observed. Others are stil in place. Murder is stil murder for example. ” he said.
“God is holly. Peater qaoting from the old testament said,’be holy for i am holy. ‘ God is holly is a concept that goes all the way from genises to revelation. He is different. He is set apart. ‘numbers. 23:9 said ‘God is not a man that he should lie.nor the son of man that he should repent. ‘ God does not lie. That does not change. God is truthful. Jesus said that he is the way truth and the life. Jesus also said that the truth will make you free. It is not just truth in general. The truth of who he is. ”
“We see that his promises do not change. He promised abraham that he would be a great nation. His seed will outnumber the stars. There was a belief that the covenant God made with Moses whitch was a conditional covenant superseded the Abrahamic covenant. Paul in galations said that could not be further from the truth. On the cross jesus declared that it is finished. The author of hebrews said that christ is the author and finishers of our faith. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. We trust him because we see evidence of his unchanging nature. ”
“I take comfort in his unchanging nature. I love his consistency. We see that the lord if a person of his word. We live in an unchanging world. Circumstances change. There are events we canot forsee. He loves us. He knows what is best for us. This church has changed. It started as a church of two families meeting at a laundry mat in to this building. My dad is now with the lord. Tracy is about to start her jouney. I know that God has an overal plan. I trust in that.i am thankfull for it.”matt said.
The men and women separated into groups. After the prayer time the guys talked for a bit. ” so who is next to get maried in your family?” Charlie a deacon asked. “I want to get though this wedding. Probably joel or Philip. Perhaps merisa. ” he said.
“Not our young pastor? ” an older man named henry asked. “It could happen i supose. Right now i do not forsee it but i gues it could happen. ” he said.
“You and that young lady who is Tracey’s maid of hournor is not the future mrs pastor davis?” charlie asked. He blushed a bit. “The lord knows what is best. I am sure that if i am to be maried ,it will be the best choice.” he said.
Amber prayed with tracy,her mom and a few other ladies. “We are so excited for this wedding! ” elsa an older lady said. ” thanks. We are too. “Tracy said.
“It is really coming together. “Tracy mom said.”i can see that.” the older lady said. “So who is the nect Davis to be maried? ” another lady asked. ” i think the pastor is the next davis child who will be maried. ” tracy said. Amber tried not to blush.
“I can see that. ” amber said. They laughed. Amber was surprised that tracy said that.
When they walked back upstairs amber talked to tracy. “You realy think that matt will get maried next ?”amber asked. “I realy do! ” she answered.
After a closing remarks thr service was concluded. The davis returned to her house. Matt sat on the porch. Amber came out. ” lost in thought? ” amber asked. ” a little! Tonight was the last time our family in its current form will go to church. So Manny changes. Seems like yesterday i played in the dirt over there. ” he said.
“I cant imagine you playing in the dirt.” amber said. “I loved playing in the dirt. I loved playing with toy trucks. One of the advantages of having young brothers is i can play with trucks with them. Of course when they go down for a nap i have to stop. ” he said.
“I wont tell anyone? ” amber said. He laughed. “Alright! ” he said.”i loved your mesege tonight. I know it was from the heart!” she said. “I had trouble coming up with a messege . i was a bit distracted. My message camebout of my feelings. It started comming together. ” he said.” i know the lord will use it. ” amber said. “I definently hope so. I too believe it will.” he said.
“You ok?” she asked. “Yes i am. I am just feeling melancholic. I think i am just tired. I am happy how the wedding preperation is going. I think it is exhaustion. ” she said. ” ok.i just wanted to make sure. ” she said.
After a while matt decided to go to his place. He was ready for bed. Amber walked him to his car. He hugged her. “Good night!” he said. “Goodnight!” she said.
End of part 7
As the push to get the church ready for the wedding go into high gear, amber and matt consider there future.