Previously on end of sorrow.
Abby and Andrew have had a long dificult road. Andrew lost his fiancée a few years back. Abby reached out to him. The two became friends. They eventualy decided to date. It has been a dificult courtship.
Andrew has never been able to let go of leah. Abby has tried to be patient. It would not be easy.
Andrew had gone to see Leah’s parrents. He did not ask for permision but did imply it. He did not tell abby. Abby found out after the fact. It caused some conflict.
Abby wanted some time to herself. She put on k kove. She sat on the couch thinking for a while. She was so confused. She really did care about him. She was just weary by the whole thing.
She wished that he would fully embrace her. He wished he would just leave leane behind. It was time to mobe pass her. He couldn’t. He would not. He was stuck and so was she.
He went home feeling weary himself.he regreted what hapened. He ment no ofense. Mayby he had given too much thought to how clark and jacky thought and not enough of what she thought. He did not want to hurt her. He seemed to keep messing up when he came to her. He just could not seem to get it right.
It was gawing at him..intellectually he loved her more then he could describe. He had a terrible time showing it. He knew that. He was messing up royalty. He could not seem to turn it around.
He was faling in love with abby. She could not see it. She was right. He was not being fair to her. He knew that. He knew it he kept things up at the rate he was going, he was about to loose her. He did not want that. He did care about her. He did want to spend the rest of his life with her. Would he be able to get her to trust him in time? Right now it was not looking good.
He had trouble getting to sleep that night. He got the feeling he had lost her and just did not know it. Either that or was unwiling to accept it. He finaly did get to sleep.
She cried herself to sleep that night. Why did she have to fall asleep with basically a widower. If only she had not approached him. She had to be bubly abby. She had to be the friendly neighbor. It hot her hear. In love with someone who could not or would not commit to her.
He had work quite early that day. He had cofee then headed off. He did not see her before he before he left. That was somewhat intentional. He wanted to give her her space.
She was glad that he did not contact her. She wanted her space. Not foever but for a little bit. She did like him. She wanted to be with him but she wanted some time apart. Not alot but a little.
She showered. She got ready for her day. There was a knock at her door. She opened it. To her suprise,it was pastor jeff ball and his wife wendy.
“Hi. Come on in. ” abby said..they went to the couch. They sat down. He vot cofee for them. “We wanted to say hello.we know your primary church is the penticostal church. You have been comming regularly on wendsday and sunday night. We wanted you to know that you are an importent part of the church. I dont want to step on the toes of the leadership at faith penticostal assambly but if you need anything from me or my wife please get in touch with us.”the pastor said.
“Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. That meens so very much. Everyone at the church has been great. ” she said.
“We are glad to hear that. “Wendy ball said. “Everyone is really glad you have been comming. ” the pastor said. “I have really enjoyed it. It is different from what i am used to but i do like it.” abby said. “Oh good. ” pastor ball said.
“As i said, we are very glad that you are hear. “He said. “I am glad of that. “She said. “We are really pleased that you and andrew are together. You make a cute couple. “Wendy said.
She smiled. “I think so too. I really like him.”she told them. “We can tell. “The pastor said. “It is nice to see him smiling again. He is slowly beccoming himself again. “Wendy said.
“I have noticed he is comming out of his shell. I did not know the old him but i have seen a difference. “She said.
“When i took over as pastor, he was a teeneger. We see saw him grow up. He was on the pastoral tract and after leane died,he shut down..he withdrew. Now he is comming back. “Jeff said. “I can see that. I am glad of that. “Abby said.
“The lord has always had his hold on his life. I beleved that the lord had a plan for him. It was too bad that he sat on the sidelines as long as he did. He does seem to be back. You might know that i might have to take a few mounths off. He might take over for me for a while. ” pastor ball said.
“He mentoned that. ” she said. “I hope he does go into the pastorate. I am doing all i can to encourage that. ” the pastor said. “As am i.” she said.
“So. Do you think that you two might consider marriage in the furure?” wendy ball asked. “We have not seriously talked about it yet. We have discused it in general terms. I am definently supportive of that. I would like to see us get maried one day. “She told them.
“We would like to see that as well. ” pastor ball said. She smiled. Abby found everyone at the church to be very friendly. She and wendy ball would become very close. She made several connections with ladies at gospel Baptist church. Wendy was one of her closest friendships.
She had a good visit with the balls.she liked both the pastor and his wife. She was really glad that they came by.she was glad to visit them without andrew. She was glad to have some one on one time with them.
She knew that she was becoming intertwined with andrew. She wanted that. She was having doubts. She did not know how to handle it.
She could not totaly blame andrew. Losing a loved one was devisating. He behaved like most would. It was time to move on. She was growing weary. She was not sure that she could stick with this. She did want to.
He got home from work in late afternoon. Her car was gone. He assumed she was at the flower shop. He was not sure what her schedule was for the day.
He went inside. He was glad to be home. He had dinner. He had a good day at work but was glad to be home.he decided to go to the room he used as an office. He looked though some old surmons. He wanted to get some ideas. He was not one to repeat old surmons. He was hoping to het his juices flowing.
He saw a surmon he never preached. He was suposed to preach the sunday morning that ended up being two days after leane died. Pastor ball ended up preaching that sunday instead. He was suposed to cabidate for a pastorate two sundays later. He cancelled that service and witndrew from consdieration. He had foregottem all of that. He started having a panic attack. So he put the message back in the file cabinent and closed the lid.
He saw abby pul in. He ran outside. He hugged her. She saw him shaking. She grabbed on to him.
They went over to the porch. They sat down on a swing on the porch. “I was looking at old surmons. Trying to get some inspiration. I forgot that the sunday after ,well you know, i was suposed to preach. I could not do it. I had totaly forgotten about that. I found the surmon i was going to preach. It brought everything back. There is more. I was suposed to canidate at a church two weeks after. I withdrew from consideration. I shut down abb. I did use my greef as a cruch. I was in a funk. I did not realize. ” he said.
She put her arm around him. She rubbed his back. “Its going to be ok. You will get though this. ” she said. “I know. It all hit me. ” he said. “It was bound to. ” she said.
“I am ok now. It just really got to me.”he said.”its understandable babe. I love you so much. I am hear for her. I am not going anywhere i promise. “She said.
Pastor ball decided to go with his wife to care for his mother in Law. It was decided that he would leave in three weeks. That would give him time to prepare.
“Look abby. I am very sory about not putting you first. I have alotof work to do.”he admitted. “I forgive you. Thank you for comming to me the other day. I want to be there for you. While your subing for.pastor ball. I am hear for you. I will pray for you not in tounges! Whatever you need ak. If yoi dont i will kick your but” she said.They laughed.he said ok.
End of part 12.
Andrew geta ready to aub for pastor ball..andrew and abby grow closer together.