FLEETING HOPE, Book 3
After her fiancé, Daniel Beachy, died in a buggy accident, schoolteacher Ruth Yoder decided to move out of her parents’ home and into the house he’d built for their married life together. Ruth has lived alone for the past eleven years.
When David Hershberger, a widower, starts spending time with her, Ruth is surprised. David’s children are amazed, too, that their father is interested in their longtime neighbor. Ruth hopes that she and David will become more than friends. But since David lost his wife, Irene, the love of his life and mother of their children, David can’t imagine anyone taking her place in his heart. His children and Ruth’s sister also aren’t so sure that the relationship should develop.
Although Ruth prays that she might finally become a wife, she will follow whatever path God has chosen for her.
He wanted to tell Ruth how he enjoyed her company, but did he have a right to encourage their friendly relationship? Was it fair to continue to spend time with her when he was unsure about getting married again? If he ever decided to marry, Ruth would be the one he wanted to ask. The age difference was an issue. Becoming a grandfather would be a blessing, but also meant he was getting up there in age. Ruth was young enough to have children. Did he want to start a second family with her? Maybe God had James in mind for Ruth.
“Would you like to come to my house sometime for supper?”
David was too startled by her invitation to offer any objection. “Ya, I’d like to.”
“Would it be too forward of me to just have you and not your whole family? I love your children, but I see Judith, Matthew and Noah daily, so I think just the two of us might be pleasant. I’ve enjoyed this evening a lot, and it made me think of returning the favor.”
He leaned closer to Ruth. “Are you sure I’m not too old and boring for you?”
“You’re never boring, and I never think of you as being old.” She laughed. “Obviously, your daughters were trying to fix you up with Sarah Miller, and she’s the same age as I am.”
What was Ruth saying? Was she indicating she’d be interested in a more serious relationship with him? He needed to pray for guidance, because he never wanted to hurt Ruth. She’d already been through a lot losing Daniel the way she had.