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
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
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
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
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