Sunday, February 7, 2010, was cold and rainy as they woke to the beeping of Logan’s watch alarm. Their eyes met and they shared a soft, sweet kiss.
Soon afterward, Mil and Logan visited the bathroom one after the other to relieve their bladders.
Logan then prepared some oatmeal and coffee for himself and Mila.
Mila walked into the kitchen and said, “I feel like we should be in church and not the catholic church. I mean today is Sunday.”
Logan replied, “I would love to take you to church with me, but it would have to be one where it would not get back to Kieth Koresh that we are going to church together. Furthermore, they would have to be good churches.”
“Do you know of any like that?”
“There are two towards the Coast, but that is too far of a drive. There is one on the less fortunate side of Melody, but there could be drama because of our financial status and educational background. Finally, there is one on the Northeastern Outskirts of Melody, I think that would be the best choice.”
“Let’s try that one, then.”
“Your wish is my command!”
“Let me go get a change of clothes from my Mom’s house then I will meet you back here as soon as possible.”
“Okay be careful and know that I love you. Please keep me posted.”
“I love you too and I will,” Mila said as she kissed Logan then walked out the door.”
Logan began to select his clothes for church. He picked a green work shirt, black pants, black shoes, and a matching black leather belt.
Mila stepped out into the bleak February morning then entered her car and drove off to her Mom’s house. She was keenly aware of her surroundings after Kieth Koresh had attempted to follow her. She arrived in decent time, stepping out of her car and walking to the front door. She turned her key in the lock and opened the door.
“Who is there?” Mila’s Mom shouted in an angry drunken stupor.
“It’s just me, Mom,” Mila replied.
“Oh. Where have you been?”
“I have a boyfriend now and spent the past two nights at his condominium.”
“Yes. I was told by the front office that you were given two Saturday Schools for kissing him in the public library while in uniform.”
“Okay I kissed him, and, yes, I was wearing my uniform. Maybe that was wrong in a heartless person like Kieth Koresh’s eyes but I have been in love with him for a long time, like since eighth grade.” Mila paused, then continued, “What about how a football player can lift a girl’s skirt right there in the school hallway and nothing happens to him, but I share a consensual kiss from the sweetest guy I ever met and I almost get expelled. Might I add that I wasn’t even on campus?”
“Why have I never heard about this boyfriend before?”
“Because for years it was only a fantasy of mine that he and I would somehow be together. He’s four years older than me so I wouldn’t have been able to legally date him anyway. But now I’m eighteen and I saw him in the public library last Thursday. So I walked up to him and confessed that I had feelings for him and miraculously he felt the same way. I couldn’t help but kiss him.”
“He may just be trying to get into your panties, Mila.”
“Well, you were passed out on the couch last Thursday evening and I had him follow me home. I threw myself at him but he refused because he’s a Christian and now, so am I. But he did snuggle with me all night long and every night since. And not only that, look at this!” Mila then showed the engagement ring to her Mom and said, “He proposed! How could I ever say no? I mean it’s as if the greatest desire of my heart was given to me!”
Mila’s Mom examined the ring and said, “Well I have to admit, he seems like someone wonderful.”
Mila replied, “I need to let him know I safely arrived. I was just coming to get a change of clothes because we plan to attend a church service later today.”
She then texted Logan, “I arrived safely and I am talking to my Mom.”
Logan replied, “That’s fine. I’m glad you’re safe!”
“I’ll get my clothes and come back in a little bit.”
“Whatever you do, be careful. I love you!”
“I love you too!”
Mila then walked up to her room and selected a pink blouse and a black pair of dress pants. She then picked out her dress shoes and a black pair of socks.
After she had picked out her clothes, she walked back down to the living room and her Mom was taking a sip of wine.
“Good Lord Mom, it’s Seven on a Sunday Morning and you’re drinking.”
“All right, now, Mila, you just became a Christian and now you’re already judging me.”
“I’m not trying to judge, I just know that the booze and the pills are what split you and Dad up.”
“It’s much deeper than that, young lady. Your father quit paying any attention to me. All he did was work non-stop. I became depressed from the lack of affection and intimacy. So I went see a doctor and he wrote me some prescriptions. They worked haphazardly. so I started drinking. You know it’s the alcohol that tempers the sting of my loneliness. I know this young man you like must work hard if he can afford a ring like that, but don’t allow him to put his work before you. What is his name, anyway?”
“Oh, that sounds like the name of a storybook character.”
“What does he do for a living?”
“He’s a tractor mechanic.”
“So he’s four years older than you, that means he is twenty-two, right?”
“I was twenty-two when I married your father. He was twenty-four and just starting as a corporate attorney.”
“When did it start getting rocky?”
“Around the time you were starting high school.”
“Maybe Dad was under pressure. I mean we all lived only on his income and he built this nice house in a nice neighborhood, we always had fancy cars, he is sending me to a private school, we used to go on exotic vacations not to mention those treatments I had to get my thyroid gland working properly.” Mila paused, then continued, “Remember, I how used to be so fat, but even when I was at my heaviest in eighth grade, Logan would smile at me every time he saw me. He would even blush and I thought he was so cute. No other boy ever paid any attention to me until after I lost the weight, but by then, none of them ever measured up to Logan.”
“I want to meet him and make sure he is as wonderful as you think he is.”
“Sure, I guess. Maybe after church today?”
“Okay, I’ll bring him here later.”
“Well, you enjoy yourself with Logan.”
“Please don’t let anyone know that Logan and I are still together. One of the terms Kieth Koresh set forth for me not to be expelled was that I break up with him. Instead of breaking up with him, I just see him covertly.”
“I always thought Kieth Koresh was a tyrant and a hypocrite, so don’t worry, my lips are buttoned.”
Mila then texted Logan, “I’m headed back now.”
In the meantime, Logan went into the bathroom and showered scrubbing himself thoroughly. After he was clean, he shaved and applied Aqua Velva to his face.
He stepped out of the bathroom then checked his phone and saw the message from Mila.
He typed back, “Be careful.”
A minute later, Mila knocked on Logan’s door, to which he let her in.
They shared a hug and a kiss, then Mila said, “Ooh, you smell so sexy!”
“Thanks, it’s my aftershave.”
“My Mom wants to meet you after church.”
“That’s fine. I’ll be honored to meet her.”
“Just please don’t get the wrong idea.”
“Mila, I love you. No family member of yours could change that.”
“Aw. I love you too, Logan.” She sweetly kissed him, then said, “I’ll go shower now if that’s all right.”
“Sure thing, just know the service starts at 9.”
“Okay. I’ll be as quick as possible.”
Mila took her clothes then went into the bathroom and turned on the water. Logan finished dressing then sat in his living room and listened to the radio. He kept switching the stations, not satisfied with anything being broadcast. Finally, he retrieved his Bible out of his EDC bag and read. He read The Song of Solomon and no doubt thought of Mila. He then decided to read Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and decided to later teach from it to Mila since she was a brand new convert. He did feel convicted when reading about giving tribute fear custom and honor to whom it is due in the 13th Chapter, because of how he was trying to subvert Kieth Koresh’s authority, even though he could discern that the motives of that school president’s heart were for behavior modification and not heart modification, for appearing good but not being good, and for power and money, not genuine faith and true godly living. The worst part was that Kieth Koresh and his school administrators carried out all of this corruption in the Name of Christ and he remembered Pastor Clarkson’s teaching on the 17th Chapter of Revelation and how they made more sense than ever. Logan also knew that the only reason why he wanted to subvert Kieth Koresh’s authority was that he had commanded Mila to break up with him or be expelled. Logan felt the need to pray, to which he did silently. Moments later a Bible verse came to his mind and heart. It was Exodus Chapter 14 Verse 14 “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Logan felt comforted and decided he wouldn’t blast the picture of Kieth Koresh purchasing alcohol on social media. He realized that God would fight this battle better than he ever could.
In time, Mila stepped out of the bathroom and then got dressed.
She then walked into the living room and said, “I’m ready if you are, Logan.”
“I’m ready as well,” Logan replied.
“Should we take my car or your truck?”
“My truck, I guess. Also wear your dark glasses and scarf, just in case.”
“Okay. Will do.”
With that, Logan grabbed his keys and EDC bag, then they walked out of his condominium. Mila followed as he locked his front door. Both then walked to Logan’s parking spot, to which he opened the passenger door for Mila. She climbed in, then kissed him. Logan then entered on the driver’s side and cranked the engine. Both fastened their seat belts then Logan shifted gears, backed up then shifted gears again, and began driving towards the church.
“I’ve never been in any church beside a catholic one,” Mila said.
“It’s different, but I think you will find it very liberating,” Logan replied.
“Mass at school was so boring.”
“I know, right?” Logan paused then continued, “I think you will enjoy this service though.”
“I just know that we need to be in church.”
“So do I. I’ve been meaning to find a home church since I’ve been back Stateside.”
Mila then leaned on Logan’s shoulder as they drove through the cold damp weather.
In about twenty minutes they arrived at the church.
Logan stepped out of his truck then walked around and opened the door for Mila. They walked through the parking lot, holding hands. They entered through the doors and were greeted by an usher.
“Good to see both of y’all!” He said, then continued, “I’m Brother Marley Broderick.”
“Well after the service we have a gift bag for y’all.”
“Thank you, sir!” Logan said.
“Yes. Thank you very much!” Mila added in.
“Y’all are so welcome. Find a seat and make yourselves at home. The service is about to start.”
Logan and Mila took their seats in the back row next to the middle aisle.
The pastor came on stage and said, “Good Morning everyone! Welcome to Second Chances Outreach. I’m Pastor Oakley Pechette and if you need prayer or just someone to talk to, please see me after the service. For now, let’s get our praise on. Stand up and give God the Glory for He is indeed worthy!”
Logan and Mila stood up as the church band began to play.
The first song the church band played and sang was, “How He Loves” which was originally done by Dave Crowder. Mila looked intently at the lyrics on the screen and sang them quietly while meditating on the words. Logan sang slightly louder with his hands up and head bowed.
The second song performed was “The Power of Your Love” which was created by Hillsong. Logan sang out loud while smiling up at the Heavens. Mila sang as well because she had heard it in catholic mass a few times.
The third song which was beautifully done was “In Christ Alone” which was originally sang by Stuart Townsend. Logan began to kneel and sing whilst Mila paid close attention to the lyrics on-screen and towards the song’s climax tears filled her eyes and she began singing out loud.
The final song was the classic hymn “I am Resolved” written by James Filmore. The lyrics were posted on the screen as the whole church sang along with the keyboard player. Logan continued kneeling and singing, while Mila joyfully sang along.
There was then a time of brief fellowship where several members warmly introduced themselves to Logana and Mila.
One lady walked up to them and said, “I’m sister Tori. Brother Marley is my husband. Can I have a word with you, young lady?”
“Sure, I guess,” Mila replied.
She then escorted Mila to the back room and asked, “Can you take off your dark glasses?”
Mila removed them.
Sister Tori carefully studied Mila’s face, then said, “I apologize. I saw you wearing dark glasses and a scarf and I was just trying to make sure the young man you are with isn’t abusing you.”
Mila replied, “Oh no. It’s nothing like that. I go to a really strict catholic school and I got in trouble for kissing him in the public library while wearing my uniform. The school president gave me a choice either break up with him and take two Saturday Schools or be expelled. I cannot ever break up with him, I’ve had feelings for him for the past four years and his feelings for me are mutual. So I wear the scarf and glasses while in public to not be easily recognized and then word gets back to that school president and I get expelled.”
“I know all about the catholic church. The Bible calls it a harlot.”
“Yes. I recently discovered that as well. My boyfriend and I were watching a pastor on YouTube last night and he pointed that out.”
“Has your boyfriend ever pressured you for sex?”
“No he didn’t but I pressured him though. He politely refused because he’s a Christian and said he was afraid that God would punish him and cause us to split up if we fornicated. He said that he doesn’t ever want to lose me. And I don’t ever want to lose him either. So I didn’t feel rejected, especially when he snuggled with me for the rest of the night and we just talked.”
“Wow! They don’t make too many like him anymore. What about you, are you a Christian?”
“Yes. My boyfriend led me to Christ yesterday. It was my idea to start going to church.”
“Where was he going to church before?”
“Well he just got back in Melody last Christmas, but he was on a missions trip as a tractor mechanic in Eastern Europe for the past year and a half.”
“How long have you known him?”
“For four years. I was in eighth grade and he was a senior, and at the time I was overweight but he was so sweet to me when no other boy would even give me the time of day. He would open doors for me and every time he saw me he would smile and blush. I would smile and blush too. And, of course, I thought he was very cute. So I developed a huge crush on him. I was so sad when he graduated because I didn’t think I would ever see him again. I wrote many romantic stories about him and me and posted them online. Then earlier this week, I happened to see him in the public library and since I’m eighteen now, so I rushed up to him and confessed my feelings for him. He said that he liked me too and that he wanted to be my boyfriend but knew he legally couldn’t at the time and wanted to save me the scandal. I told him how I am now eighteen, so he agreed to be my boyfriend. I felt as my heart would pop out of my chest when he said that and the rest is history!”
“Okay. Well, it seems like you have a wonderful boyfriend and you seem like a sweet young lady as well. We would be happy if y’all joined our church!”
“I think we will.”
“You said you like to write?”
“Maybe God could use you.”
“My boyfriend already said he would support me so I could focus solely on my writing career.”
“You know, y’all will have to eventually get married.”
Mila showed Sister Tori her engagement ring.
“Wow. Look at that rock! You do have a good man!”
“I am so thankful to God for giving him to me, even though I wasn’t even a Christian yet! And then God used him to lead me to Christ.”
“That’s a powerful testimony, girl! You need to write all of this down and share it.”
“Believe me, I will!”
“Good. Now go sit with your boyfriend while Pastor Oakley gives the word. And if there is anything you need let me know.”
Mila and Sister Tori subsequently exchanged phone numbers.
Logan was already sitting down with his Bible turned to the 13th Chapter of Romans, which Pastor Oakley was preaching from.
Mila came to sit next to him and rested her head on his shoulder.
Pastor Oakley continued preaching on how Christians must pray for those in authority over them and submit to them unless they are commanded to do something that goes against The Word of God. Logan was amazed because he had just been reading that passage earlier that morning. Mila also listened. She felt slightly trouble thinking that because Kieth Koresh is in authority over her that she must break up with Logan. She became filled with distress as she held Logan’s hand tightly.
When the service concluded, Mila told Logan, “According to what was preached, I am supposed to break up with you because Kieth Koresh is in authority over me. I don’t ever want to break up with you though.”
Logan replied, “You don’t have to break up with me, though.”
“Are you sure?”
“Why don’t we go talk to Pastor Oakley?”
So Pastor Oakley was shaking hands with everyone and then Mila and Logan walked up to him and Logan asked, “Could we talk with you?”
“Absolutely. Come to my office.”
Mila and Logan were seated and Pastor Oakley sat across from them.
“What can I do for y’all.”
Mila said in distress, “I recently became a Christian in fact, my boyfriend right here led me to Christ yesterday. I feel very trouble over what was preached today, about submitting to those in authority over me. I go to a very strict catholic school and the school president wants us to break up because we kissed in the public library while I was in uniform. I pretended that we broke up, but we didn’t. But the thing is, I’ve wanted to be with him for the past four years, but legally couldn’t until I made 18. I never wanted anyone else.”
Pastor Oakley looked at Logan and asked, “How do you feel about this?”
Logan replied, “I love her and I don’t ever want to lose her. I think this school president is obsessed with control and I think the roman catholic church gets off on human suffering in general. I am also convinced that the 17th Chapter of Revelation is describing the roman catholic church. I also had feelings for her for the past four years but couldn’t legally date her up until recently. I never wanted any other woman or girl. As a matter of fact, I was doing missionary work in Eastern Europe for the past year and a half and many of those foreign women tried to catch my eye, but I only wanted this young lady right here.” Logan held Mila’s hand, then continued, “When we met again, by chance, in the public library she told me her feelings and I was overjoyed. A day later I proposed to her, because of our mutual love. I have never known any woman or girl and I want no woman or girl but her. I’m also willing to wait for marriage because fornication offends God and frankly I am afraid that God would punish us and cause us to split up if we fornicated. I love her and I want her by my side for life!”
Mila then added in with distress, “Do I have to break up with him?”
Pastor Oakley calmly replied, “Well, let’s look at it this way: This young man led you to Christ. He loves you. He is committed to you, to the point of marriage. Both of you have had feelings for each other for the past four years and neither of you wanted anyone else. I think God put y’all together for a reason and he will bless your relationship. It’s also possible that Revelation 17 is indeed about the roman catholic church, as he mentioned. I mean, if you read The Word, you will soon find out that the roman catholic church is in direct violations of many things in There. I would also seriously doubt that your school president is of God.” Pastor Oakley paused and then said, “Now, when you see him, don’t go out in public together until you graduate. Also, don’t tell anyone besides family or church members that you are still together with him. Just go to school, keep your head low and stay quiet. When do you graduate?”
“Good, so you only have a few months to do this. I know y’all wanted each other for a long time, but just be patient and use this time to grow, especially in The Lord.”
“Is it all right if I stay with him? I mean my Dad is living with a much younger woman and my mom is constantly drunk. My boyfriend owns a condominium and lives quietly.”
“Biblically it’s not all right, but we are all guilty sinners in a fallen world and that is why Jesus went to the Cross. However, given your situation, I think it would be better to be with him than to be around adultery or drunkenness. Just be sure to forego any sexual relations until y’all are married. This will require a lot of praying, reading of The Word, listening for God’s voice, and quickly recognizing escape routes from temptations that will arise. Also, make sure no one at your school can find out that y’all are living together. Keep as low a profile as possible and stay off the RADAR.”
“Thank you, Pastor Oakley,” Logan said.
“Yes. Thank you so much!” Mila added in.
“Y’all are welcome to join our church if y’all feel right here.”
Logan and Mila nodded.
“Have y’all set a wedding date?”
“It would have to be sometime after I graduate,” Mila answered.
“Well if y’all are going to be living together and y’all are indeed committed as y’all claim to be, don’t wait too long.”
“Would you perform the ceremony for us?” Logan asked.
“I’d be honored, but y’all need to continue coming to church,” Pastor Oakley replied.
“Of course. I already love it here! So much better than a catholic mass!” Mila said.
Pastor Oakley chuckled and then said, “Well we have a prayer meeting and a Bible study every Wednesday Evening, and of course the main service is on Sunday.”
“Awesome!” Mila said.
“What do you think?” Pastor Oakley asked Logan.
“Honestly, I’ve been back in Melody since Christmas and have been meaning to find a home church, but got sidetracked between securing employment, buying a condominium, and working, but, yes, I love it here as well. What is amazing is that, while waiting for Mila to get ready, I was reading the same passage of The Bible that you were preaching from, and, believe me, I was heavily convicted. I was plotting ways to get back at her school president for interfering with Mila and me. God subsequently reminded me of Exodus 14:14 and how He will fight my battles and that I must simply be still.”
“And, how did you get saved?”
“It was almost a year ago and I was employed as a tractor mechanic in Eastern Europe on a missions trip. I went there only in hopes to get experience for my career and to have something impressing on my resume` but was invited to a local missionary’s Bible Study one Wednesday Evening and I went. He is the one who initially pointed out to me that catholicism is false and not of God. So after, the class, I asked him how do I get it right with God to go to Heaven. He presented the Gospel to me and led me to Christ and I surrendered that very moment. Several catholic priests had him banished shortly afterward. I watch his videos on YouTube all the time though.”
“What is this Pastor’s name?” Pastor Oakley asked.
“Michael Clarkson,” Logan replied.
“I’ll have to look him up. And what are y’all names?”
“Well I want both of y’all to fill out a contact card and I will give y’all my cell phone number. If y’all need anything, don’t hesitate to call me.”
Logan and Mila filled out the contact sheets, then they exchanged phone numbers.
Finally, Pastor Oakley, said, “Why don’t we pray?”
Logan and Mila agreed, then they all held hands.
Pastor Oakley then led, “Dear Heavenly Father, we come asking that You guide this young couple in Your Ways. We petition you to bless their relationship and to give them the grace required to honor You with it. Please allow them to be together without any persecution from anyone and have them live quietly and peaceably among all. Allow them to marry as soon as they are able and give them many years together to serve You with their marriage. Compell them to keep You at their center. Equip them to withstand all assaults that will come against them and their relationship. Keep them unequivocally faithful to each other and only allow them to treat each other with patience and kindness, reverence and respect. Furthermore, we take Authority in Jesus’ Name over all wickedness in high places and all rulers of darkness who wish to oppress Your children. We cut the forces of the enemy down and we cast them out. We ask for Your angels to surround Mila and Logan everywhere they go and we ask that Mila and Logan remain committed to You and Your Christ for the rest of their lives. In Jesus Holy and Precious Name, we pray, Amen!”
“Wow! That was a powerful prayer. Thank you, Pastor Oakley!” Logan said.
“That’s so much better than I ever heard any priest pray! Yes, thank you.” Mila interjected.
“My pleasure!” Pastor Oakley replied, then asked, “What are y’all plans for later today?”
“My Mom wants to meet him, so I hope and pray she approves.”
“What about your Dad, Mila? Has Logan met him yet?”
“He met Logan already, it’s just he doesn’t realize who Logan is to me.”
Logan then said, “I too hope and pray her parents to approve of me.”
“Well, just let your Light of Christ shine to them and of course show them that you love and respect Mila and I don’t think there would be an issue with them.”
“Yes sir! Thank you, Pastor Oakley!”
“No problem. It was nice meeting y’all and I hope y’all can come back Wednesday Evening.”
“We’ll be here! Logan said.
“Yes, we will!” Mila added.
“Wonderful!” Pastor Oakley replied, then continued, “Now, I have to lock the church up and y’all have to go visit with family, but thanks for coming.”
Pastor Oakley then walked Mila and Logan out of his office, then into the church parking lot.
Logan unlocked his truck then, opened the passenger door for Mila, and afterward entered on the driver side door. Both fastened their seat belts, the Logan cranked the engine and they began driving to Mila’s Mom’s house.
Will add more when I can…