Remember His Words by Deb Waterbury

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Remember His Words
Series: Threads
Deborah Waterbury

This teaching download includes Chapters Sixteen, Seventeen, and Eighteen of the Threads book, as well as discussion questions and biblical study and application.

Chapter Sixteen

''Contessa,'' Jimmy said softly as she looked up at him.

Susan excused herself quickly, amid the squeals she heard running up the walk from Christopher and Alexandra as they realized Uncle Jimmy was there. ''Children,'' she coaxed, ''come with me. Uncle Jimmy and your mother need to talk.''

''Ohhh,'' whined Alexandra. ''I want to see Uncle Jimmy!''

''Me too,'' echoed her brother.

''And you will,'' Susan said as she placed an arm around each, gently guiding them away from the house. ''But first we need to go, um, pick flowers! Yes, your mother has asked for those blue and yellow flowers by the river.'' She knew how much the children enjoyed frolicking there, so their attention was momentarily diverted.

Jimmy was looking down at his hands, having removed his cap and now nervously twisting it in his hands. Contessa, too, was looking down, unsure of how much Jimmy had overheard before she saw him standing there.

''Jimmy,'' she started, but he moved quickly to her, stopping her as she began to speak.

''No, Contessa, let me speak first.'' He stopped in front of her, but he was so close. She had to remind herself to breathe.

''All right'' was all she could manage to say.

Jimmy took a hesitant breath and began. ''I need to explain my relationship with Millie.''

Contessa turned away and said, ''You don't have to explain yourself to me, Jimmy. You love her. She's a lucky woman. I'm sure that eventually she'll see that.''

Jimmy put a hand on her shoulder to stop her from walking away from him. He slowly turned her back to where she was facing him again. ''I do love her, Contessa, but not the way you think.'' He dropped his hand again as he struggled for the right words. ''It's just that she's so lost, you know, and I've always wanted to help her find her way.''

Contessa was listening attentively, so he tried to explain further. ''I guess I've thought it was a different love for a long time. I suppose I just never knew the difference.'' He looked into her eyes again before continuing. ''But then I met you.''

She took in a quick breath, afraid to move, afraid to hope for what he might mean. ''Contessa,'' he said as he moved even closer, their faces only inches apart now, ''I am in love with you. You are everything I've ever dreamed of but was afraid to think I'd ever find. I love you, and I love your children.''

''Jimmy,'' she began, ''please don't do this.'' She quickly noticed the pained look in his face, so she hurriedly continued. ''It's just that I don't think I can take more disappointment.''

He hated to see her in pain, but the distress he was feeling right at that m ...

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