Rachel stood at the window looking down into the church parking lot which was just visible in the waning light. Snow swirled around the cars that filled the lot, partially covering the pine garlands and burgundy bows that draped the picket fence next door.
Lights were just coming on in the nearby houses, making it look like a scene from an old Christmas card. Sighing, she turned away from the window and moved to stand in front of the full length mirror on the wall near the door.
Lifting a hand, she smoothed the yards of white lace back from her face before turning to look at Kate.
“You look beautiful, Kate.”
“I look beautiful? No, Rachel that is not allowed. Only the bride is allowed to look beautiful on her wedding day.”
Rachel laughed as she studied her attendant’s deep green gown, trying to swallow the lump that kept squeezing her throat.
Kate moved to stand behind her, smoothing out the white layers of silk and lace that fell to the floor to pool gently around Rachel’s white high-heels.
As she shifted, Kate glanced up and caught the melancholy look in the bride’s eyes. She reached out and gripped the cold fingers in her own.
“You are the one that’s beautiful. Your parents would be so proud of you.”
Rachel smiled mistily and nodded, trying not to picture the mangled wreckage that had taken her and Ted’s parents a few years before.
“I hope so.” She sighed and swallowed hard. “I just wish they could have been here.”
Kate nodded, about to say something else, when a knock drew their attention to the door. She moved to open it, then stepped back as Ted came into the room.
Rachel stood and watched as her brother wrapped his arm around Kate and placed a gentle kiss on her lips.
“You look beautiful, Mrs. Nelson.”
Kate grinned at him and then laughed, placing her hand on her slightly rounded belly. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Are you going to tell me that in a few more months when I am big as a cow?”
“Of course I will.”
Rachel grinned at her brother, thinking about how much had happened in the past months.
She had not realized that these two had been dating for weeks when she stood in Ted’s kitchen talking to Kate. She had not known that Ted had proposed just days before Jake asked her out on their first date.
It was only when they showed up at her apartment to tell her about Ted’s salvation that they had also filled her in on their relationship. A relationship that had come to a grinding halt after Kate’s acceptance of Jesus into her life.
Ted had been angry over Kate’s change of heart, until he had begun to see the true change in her life. He had watched her, taking in the peace that suddenly filled her very being; and after a few weeks, decided he wanted that change in himself.
Rachel pulled her mind back to the present and realized that her brother was studying her intently.
“You look like Mom.”
The huskiness in his voice brought tears to her eyes and she blinked rapidly. He moved to take her hands in his and smiled at her.
“You are beautiful, Rachel.” His smile widened into a grin. “You are gonna’ knock Jake’s socks off.”
Rachel laughed and reached out to hug him.
“Are you ready?” At his sister’s nod, Ted turned toward the door. “Then let’s go put the poor guy out of his misery.”
A couple minutes later, Rachel stood at the double doors leading into the sanctuary, gripping her bouquet of roses as Kate walked down the aisle.
Rachel glanced past Kate and felt her heart turn over within her. Jake stood between the minister and Ted at the front of the church, so handsome he took her breath away.
When those blue eyes met hers, she was suddenly back in Ted’s living room, seeing him for the first time.
As she took a deep breath and stepped forward, she sent up a silent prayer of thanksgiving that God had brought him into her life.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011