Previously on wedding party.
Tracy and steve are getting maried. This meens hard work and preperation. Her father died a little while back. It has put a damper somewhat on an otherwise happy event.
The two people that have been instrumental in this is her big brother matt and her best friend amber. They had both been proven to be inseparable.
Matt and amber started off not liking each other. They finaly made peace. They became friends. Now they were starting to consider mayby a more permanent arangement.
One day before wedding.
Amber woke up fairly early. She thought about him. She was not sure what to do. Should she talk to him? Should she try to create a more permanent relationship? She had no idea.
She realy liked matt. She did not realize how much. She had thought about a relationship with him. It was never that serious until now. She realy liked the idea. She could not beleve it.
She laid in bed for a while. Then she decided to get out of bed. She knew she was beyond the point of getting back to sleep. It was close to the time she wanted to get up anyways.
She went downstairs. She made cofee. After a few minutes, amber came downstairs. “One nore day trace!” amber told her. “I know! I am so psyched. I can’t believe that it is almost hear. ” tracy said.
“I am so happy for you trace. Steve is a great guy. You too will have a good life together. “She told Tracy. Tracy smiled. “I think so too. It realy is all comming together nucely. I am really impressed. ” Tracy said. Amber said.
Matt woke up. He felt like there was a million things he had to do. He hoped that it would all come together. He dragged himself out of bed. He got into the shower.
He got dressed and hot ready to go to his mom’s house. He kept thinking about his conversation with amber. He thought about what she said.
Was she talking about her?Was she suggesting they get married? Was this a joke. Amber did like to joke around? She could have been just fooling around? It might not be what he thought? He might be reeding too much into it.
Perhaps the week was getting to him. He was tired,everyone was. He migjt be have gotten caught up in everything. He did like the idea of them being maried.
He let his mind waunder a bit. He imagined he and her maried. He imagined maried life would not be that different from what there relationship was like now. They would talk,share, joke around, tease. They realky knew eachother. They knew how eachother ticked. They understood eachother in a way no one else did.
He stoped himself. He ended that train of thought. He decided that this was fatigue talking. Everything was getting to him. If he waited ot out,this melancholy he was feeling would pass. He just had to tough it out.
That image of the little boy playing into he dirt. A little baby girl in his wife’s arms. He working on a surmon bit stoping and looking up at his wife. Her wearing a t shirt of a Christian rock band and denim skirt. It was quite an image. It felt right.
He never really consider that amber could be a petsprctive wife for him.she had been hear all this time and he just did not see it. She had nfer let him done.she had always been there for him. She gave never asking for anything in return. It had been so obvious to everyone but him.
He tried to focus. There was still much to do. Right now he would focus on business. Later well that was later.
He got into his car and drove to his mom’s house. It was a short drive. The car arived. He parked the car. He turned off the car. He walked inside.
“Good morning!” he said. They all said hello. He hughed his mom. He hugged tracy. When he came over to amber. He hugged her. She held on to him.
Soon steve came over. They had beakfast then got ready to go to the church. The cars parked at the church parking lot. They all got out.
He went up to the church. She went over to tracy. “Hey trace. Things have been prety hetic. I just wanted you to know that i am so proud of you. I am so thankfull to the lord for who you have become. I know dad would be so happy for you. ” he said.
She hughed her. “Your a great big brother. ” she told him. “Thanks. ” he said.
When everyone arrived, tracy called a meeting. There was the immediate family and church memebers who were going to help.
“Ok. This is going to be a hetic day. We need to be working hear and at the house. Some of you will be doing a lot of runing around. We need to be totally done by 3:00. The rehearsal dinner is at five sharp. Of course pastor ramsey will be there at four thirty. Mom has requesed we be done at three, no latter. ” tracy said.
“We are going to be going at full hilt bit we can do this! Things are really shaping up. It loos great! ” matt said.
“It really does. Thank you all for your help. It has been great. Lets get it done!” tracy said. Everyone agreed . They got to work.
Tracy got everyone readyby giving direction. She got a plan for finishing touches on the dining hall. Then she put the finising touches on the sanctuary and hall way. She got everyone to come up with a plan to get the church ready in the allotted time.
Then she went to her mom’s house to get the house ready for the rehersal dinner. She did a lot of ruining around. She got a lot done at the house then went back to the church.
Matt saw tracy. “Trace! What do you think about me and amber?” he asked.she smilled. “What do you think about you two?” tracy asked. ” its weird. I did not like her ar first. Slowly we became non combative then acquaintance then friends and now good friends. I feel like things are different between us. I like her. I like her alot!” he told her.
“You two have something special. You have for a while. There is a special bound between you two.” she said.
“Is it ok if we do get together? ” he asked. She chuckled. “You definently have my permission. “She said. “Thanks sis. ” he said.
“You two make a realy cute couple. ” tracy said. “I still cant believe i am even considering this. We are so different. We think diferently. It is not just doctrine, theology, music, bible versions, seperation. There is so much more differences. ” he said
“You two mesh well. You will figure this out. I know you two will. ” she said. He smiled. He knew that she was right.
The house was set up for the rehersal dinner. The church and felowship hall was coming along well also. They worked til noon. They had sandwitches and then got back to work.
They got the big stuff done then worked on the nit picky stuff. Then they did last minute vacuuming and everything else done. Tracy and her mom and amber did a tour of the building.
Everything checked out. They assembled near the building. She thanked everyone for there hard work. She gathered the wedding party together.
“Ok. Everyone needs to be at the house by 4:30. Not 4:31 , 4:30. Pastor ramsey will be there at around four thirty. ” Tracy’s mom said.
Everyone dispersed. Matt went to his place. He showered and got dressed. He put on a black sports coat,blue tie and black pants and a white shirt. He combed his hair. He was not a fashonista by any meens. He tried to look presentable. He was an ordained pastor and tomorrow he was the “farther of the bride. ” he wanted to be well dressed.
He felt he waa ready. He headed out. He was nervous. He had no idea why.perhaps because pastor ramsey was going to be there. The pastor was a kind of elder satesman within the independent fundimental baptist movement. He had pastored several churches. He was a widower. At seventy four he was stil in relitivly good heath. Though he was not pastoring a church,he kept busy with pulpit suply, confrences and retreets,writing books and his own you tube chanel. He was taking a cooking class at a local college . he had grand children and great grandchildren.
He was a friendly man. He was q bit imposing. Matt known him sense he was little. Matt always felt a little intimidated by him.
He pulled up in the driveway. He walked inside. He saw amber. Amber was wearing a pink blouse and gray skirt and sandles. She had braded her hair and had a poney tail.
He said hello to everyone .”you look really nice tonight. ” he said. “You cleaned up really well yourself. ” she said. He laughed.
The pastor arived. They chatted then went to yhe dining room. Tracy agreed to let matt and amber sit together providing they be on there best behavor. They agreed. “When are we not on out best behavor? ” matt asked. “Im just making sure” tracy said.
They all sat down. The family matriarch asked pastor ramsey to give the blesing. He prayed.
“So Matthew. How are things going at g.b.c?” pastor ramsey asked. “Very well. We have several new families and some new singles. We have had some new converts. Things are hapening. ” matt said.
“I have heard good things about the church. I was pleased that you accepted the pastorate. ” the elderly pastor said.
“It was a really hard decision. I had wanted to be a youth pastor. My dad wanted me to be a senior pastor. I was reluctent to do that. I was shocked when the deacons approached me . my first instinct was to decline. The holy sprit did not give me any peave until i agreed. I thank the lord that he did keep prodding. ” matt said.
“Your farther and i talked about you. He thought you had the gifting and narural abiluties needed to be a senior pastor. He felt you would decide to persue a pastorate. ” pastor ramsey said. “I am not surprised. ” he said.
“So who will be next to get maried?” ramsey asked. ” i am hoping it will me.” there 16 year old brother Philip said. Merissa a 14 year old suggested her.
“Any prospects Matthew? ” the pastor asked. “Perhaps! ” he said nervously. The family laughed. He had no idea how to answer that one. Mercifully they moved on to another topic.
Im addition to matt and his family, there were several guests. Steve and his parents. Steve’s best man was a friend from bible college. His two groomsman were friends from childhood. Tracy bridesmade were her two sisters who next in age. Gracie the three year old was the flower girl.
After the dinner they went to the church for the rehearsal. The rehersal went well. Then the pastor prayed.
Amber went over to matt. She whispered in his ear. “Mary me!” amber said. “What? ” he asked. “Mary me!” she said.pastor ramsey dismised the meeting.
They dispersed. Matt waited until they were outside. “Amber wait up! ” matt said. She stopped. ” hi matt!” she said. “Did you meen what you said or was this amber humor?” he asked. “I have never been this serious in my life. You and i have been dancing over this issue foever. We both can think of a thousand reasons we shouldint. I can think of only one why we should. I love you. I know you love me. ” she said.
“I am not saying no. I need time to pray about it. ” he said.” yea i figured. I dont need an answer today or tomorrow. Give it some thought. Get back to me when you can. “She said.
“I will give it some thought. I will pray about it. I will get back to you. ” he said. “Ok. ” she said.
He wanted to dot his eyes and cross his t’s. He believed that you should never make a decision until you have clear direction from the lord. He wanted to stop and reflect. He was pretty sure that he knew the answer. He was fairly certain he would say yes.
End of part 9