Joel and Kira Discuss Family & Soccer

“I feel so badly for Matt,” Kira said.

“Me too,” Joel said. “He’s pretty cut up about Mel.”

“I feel guilty for encouraging her to fight for Tanner.”

“You shouldn’t feel guilty about that, Honey. You want Mel to be happy.”

“I’m convinced that if she and Matt had stayed together, neither of them would have been happy. Tanner would have always been between them.”

“I agree. Still, I can’t help being upset with Gina for telling Matt. According to her, she was doing it because she felt that Matt had a right to know but I think she did it out of spite. She still blames Mel for the breakup of her marriage.”

“Although I always try to see the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt, I agree with you. Gina acted out of malice. She wanted to cause trouble for Mel and ended up hurting Matt again in the process.”

“I hate to say this but maybe it was just as well that she had the miscarriage. If she hadn’t, she and Matt would still be married.”

“Although the Bible teaches that infidelity is the only cause for divorce, I don’t think it would have healthy for them to remain married.”

“Maybe if they had gone for marriage counseling like Matt wanted to, things might have worked out.”

“Yes, but Gina refused to go for counseling.”

“And when she kept the miscarriage from him, that was the last straw. It was the reason why Matt divorced her.”

“It’s unfortunate, though because if later down the road, Matt meets someone, he wouldn’t be able to marry her because even though he’s divorced, according to the Bible, he’s still Gina’s husband. If he marries someone else, he would be committing adultery and if Gina were to marry someone else, she would be committing adultery. It’s a complete mess. They will have to remain unmarried for the rest of their lives.”

“Yes, it says in the book of Romans that a married woman is bound by the Law to her husband while he is living, but if her husband dies, she is released from the Law concerning her husband.  So while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from this Law, so that she is not an adulteress if she marries another man. That’s why it was wrong for Herodias to marry Herod. As far as the law was concerned, she was still his brother, Philip’s wife because Philip was still alive.”

“Yes. So, if Mel and Matt had gotten married, they would have been committing adultery. That’s why I was concerned when they became involved. She would have married a divorced man who in God’s eyes was still married to his first wife, Gina because she was still alive.”

“I think Matt realized that too and that’s why he’s not interested in anything now except being a father to Cam.”

“Perhaps, Mel and Tanner were always meant to be together.”

“Perhaps. And neither of them has ever been married.”

“Would you mind if I invited them to have dinner with us one evening?”

Joel shook his head. “No, I wouldn’t mind. I don’t have a problem with Tanner and Mel being together. Like you, I want Mel to be happy.”

Kira smiled. “Good. When I speak to Mel again, I’ll invite her and Tanner to dinner.”

“I guess the dinner will have to be after the baby comes.”

Kira placed her hand on her swollen abdomen. “Yes.”

“Tomorrow’s the due date.”

“Yes. I’m all packed for my stay in the hospital.”

“Are you nervous?”

“A little and excited too.”

“Me too.”

“I think we’re going to have a little soccer player. He’s been kicking me like crazy.”

Joel chuckled. “My mother said the same thing about me.”

“And you did end up playing soccer when you were in high-school and university.”

“Yes. Sometimes I wondered what would have happened if I had decided to play it professionally.”

“You would have played at the World Cup in 1986.”

“Yes, I guess so. I’m thrilled that Canada qualified for this year’s World Cup. I’m really looking forward to watching the team play.”

“If the match is on a Sunday, we can invite Matt and Cam to watch it with us. We can have wings and fries and homemade Slurpees.”

“Sounds good to me. Now why, don’t you sit down and relax on the sofa?”

She nodded. “I think I’ll do that.”

When she was seated on the sofa, he went over to her and sitting on the carpet, he massaged each foot, smiling as she leaned her head back against the cushions and closed her eyes.

That night the labor pains began and they were more intense in the morning. Soon after they got to the hospital, Kira’s water broke. In less than half-hour, she gave birth to a beautiful 8lb 5oz baby boy whom they named Matthew, after his uncle, Matt. His middle name was Andrew, after her father.

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