Category Archives: Promised Land: Oceans

United Hearts

wedding dance

June placed her hope in God as she started an unknown future with Moose. Watching Zeke walk towards them, holding Susanna’s family Bible, remained a favorite memory.

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”
Psalm 5:11 KJV

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Reveille

serenade

June’s heart nearly burst as she saw friends gather to celebrate their joy. Caleb, Rosita and Zeke arrived eager to help with details. Mr. Kingman sent regrets, along with a silver tea set. Jeb, Judy and Cream surprised Montana, arriving from Gettysburg dusty and tired. Rosita, Judy and Cream helped bake desserts, adding peach pocket pies to the wedding luau menu. Jeb, along with friendly seagulls, serenaded the wedding party as they gathered to practice.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
Romans 13:11 KJV

Not Just Another Luau

feast for the eyes

The sight of a mother moose and her calf silenced Moose and June’s early morning chatter.

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”
John 2:9-11 KJV

But Does It Taste Good?

taste testers

Of all the details required to plan her wedding, June enjoyed taste-testing samples for their wedding luau the most. Her favorites from the menu: Baked Alaska and Blue Apple Pie.

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
Matthew 7:20 KJV

One More Question

blueberry proposal

Moose surprised June with lunch as she picked the last of the blueberry crop in Agate Beach. One blueberry biscuit held the promise of a lifetime together.

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.”
Mark 10:6-8 KJV

Questions

heart and hand

Returning to San Francisco, Moose discovered June had chosen to return to Agate Beach. He hurried to Orchard Valley with one question for Montana: “June has my heart, I’d like to ask for her hand …”

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”
1 Peter 3:8 KJV

All That I Had

prayer quilt

Harriet surprised June with a quilt made of tiny squares with an ivory satin border. “I sewed a block a day, praying for your situation. I memorized many psalms while I sewed—Psalm 45 a favorite.”

“And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.”
Esther 8:15 KJV

Faithful

second language

Although she didn’t fully understand her recent slavery, June saw God’s faithfulness in her life’s work. With a smaller workforce at the laundry due to her absence, Harriet had found time to teach the workers English.

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2 KJV

Tugging on the Strings

songs arisin'

As June traveled to Agate Beach with Montana and Susanna, she savored the soft whispering pines and fresh blueberry biscuits. After several vespers at Agate Beach with Sam and Harriet, June found she could once again peacefully listen to waves breaking on shore.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
2 Peter 1:19 KJV

Home Away from Home

freedom fast

Mr. Kingman rewarded June by releasing her from all work duties at the Kingman estate. Across oceans, as Captain Moose made the Swordfish shipshape to return to San Francisco, June sent the happiest telegram she would ever write to Sam and Harriet in Agate Beach. Riding a rented horse, she arrived at Montana and Susanna’s cabin just in time for fresh apple pie.

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
Isaiah 58:6 KJV