Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #36. Today we are reading chapter thirty-six of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2
Things were still on a spiritual high at New Mt. Zion church. New people were coming just about every Sunday. Pastor Richardson kept the soul-winning fire lit. Mrs. Herron and Tiffany had become close friends of the Montague family and were attending regularly. Ron and Rebecca Campbell, the mixed couple who had gotten saved through the Reynolds family were also regular attendees. The church was in the process of expanding its facilities and opening up its doors to children of school age—grades one through three. This new addition would take effect in January of the New Year. They were so busy that before they knew it, Thanksgiving was upon them. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving one hundred food baskets were packed and delivered around town to needy families.
The Montague family spent a quiet Thanksgiving Day together. Leah, their oldest daughter, called the night before to let them know she would be coming with her friend, Xavier. Monica was excited. She did not get to see her sister much these days after she had moved out. On top of that, Leah’s job at the hospital kept her rather busy. Her and Xavier had known each other for a few months. The rest of the Montague family had met him once when he came to the New Mt. Zion Church.
After greetings were exchanged, the ladies went to the kitchen to put the final touches on the food. Bro. Montague and Xavier made themselves comfortable in the living room to watch TV.
The meal was tasty and the fellowship was pleasant. The time seemed to fly by too quickly and, before long, Leah and Xavier were saying their goodbyes with the promise to visit again soon.
“What do you think about Xavier?” Bro. Montague asked.
“I don’t know him well enough to pass judgement yet,” said Sis. Montague.
“He seems like a nice person,” piped in Monica.
“You women have no insight whatsoever,” replied Bro. Montague.
“What do you mean, Dad?” asked Monica
“I’ll tell you when you bring your first fiance around. Right now, I want you, young lady, to go to bed and get all the rest you need. It’s back to school on Monday.”
Monica kissed both parents goodnight and was off to sleep in no time.
“Terrence,” said Sis. Montague, “what do you think of Xavier?”
“I don’t trust him,” was all Bro. Montague said.
The Wilmingtons spent a quiet day together. The house felt a little empty without Stacy who decided to remain in Florida with her Aunt and Uncle seeing that it was such a short holiday. Sis. Wilmington caught herself setting a place for Stacy at the table. “I can’t recall a Thanksgiving without her.”
“I know,” said Bro.Wilmington. “Let’s call her. You know I am still chiding myself for letting her go off to college like that.”
“We have to cut the apron strings at some point.”
“Oh, I am not referring to that. I’m talking about the issue with her sister.”
Stacy was much more cheerful. Maybe the spirit of Thanksgiving had taken hold of her heart. She was not short with her father and even ended the conversation with an ‘I love you, Daddy, and I miss you both.’
“Do you think she said anything to her aunt and uncle?” asked Bro. Wilmington after they got off the phone.
“If I know Stacy, she has not said a word to them. And if she did, Eli would be knocking our front door down. Have you thought about when you’re going to have the talk with her?”
“I want to, but she’s so abrupt on the phone not wanting to talk with me about it. I think she is still highly upset. But definitely when she comes home for Christmas. I’m thinking of talking with
Pastor Richardson about it. Do you want to join me?”
“Sure,” said Sis. Wilmington. “We’re in this together remember?”
The ringing of the phone interrupted their conversation. Thinking it was Stacy, he reached for the phone. “Wait!” said Sis.Wilmington, “Check the Caller ID.”
“Phew! That was close,” said Bro. Wilmington. “What does she want now?”
“Every time I think about the whole situation, I get so…so… upset,” said Sis. Wilmington.
“We’ll get through this. God will see us through.”
The Reynolds family spent a lovely day together. Janice wanted to have Monica and her family over, but Bro. Reynolds thought it best for the family just to spend some time together.
“Mom, Monica is smart. She’s going to make a great nurse,” Janice said to her Mom over the dinner table to which Sis. Reynolds nodded in agreement. “And guess what? Jonathan likes her.”
Jonathan’s fork stopped in mid air. His broccoli with cheese floated back on to his plate. He quickly swallowed what was in his mouth. “You don’t know that, Sis.”
“Oh, yes, I do. You walk me to my psychology class and hang around just to talk with her and you, who is never on time, is right on time—before time—to pick me up. And you always walk her to her car.”
“Enough, Sis,” said Jonathan. “Mom, this is good.”
“Go on, Janice,” said Bro. Reynolds winking at his son. “All I can say, son, is you have good taste. She’s a wonderful young lady.”
Sis. Mills and Bro. Harold had the entire family over— most of the children and the grandchildren and a couple greatgrands. Sis. Bettie even came over. Her husband had died a couple years back and her children were all living out of town. One of her grandchildren lived with her, but had gone home with her parents for the holiday. A young lady stopped by ever so often to help her clean house and help her with her shopping.
Sis. Mills’ children and grandchildren took care of all the cooking and the cleaning up. It was a grand time—a Thanksgiving family reunion with lots of laughter and merriment.
Pastor and Sis. Richardson went out of town to be with Sis. Richardson’s sister and husband and children. Everything was just lovely. The weather was perfect for travelling. Sis. Richardson, hugging her nieces and nephews, longed so much for a child of her own. How she loved them. The Richardsons enjoyed a great weekend.
Rochelle was in turmoil. She had gone to the store and bought a Thanksgiving platter—turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. She, somehow, got the notion to call Bro. Wilmington and to invite him over for Thanksgiving—after he got done celebrating with his family. Her sister had invited her over, but she had refused the invitation.
“Mommy, are we taking that to Aunty’s?” Lisa had asked.
“No, baby. This is for a special friend. You’re gonna go over to Aunty’s. I have to stay and talk with this friend about something regarding you; something very important. Promise me you’ll be good.”
Rochelle waited impatiently for the late afternoon. She picked up the phone a couple of times but decided it was too early. She busied herself putting up candles in the dining room and in her bedroom. She had no doubt that Willie Wilmington would come over. She was sure he and his wife were at odds with each other. Promptly at five o’clock she called Bro. Wilmington’s cell phone. He must have had it turned off. She called his home phone but no one picked up. The nerve of him. He should know I would be calling. I got something for him. He promised he would take care of his daughter and I’m going to make sure he does. I’m not married anymore, so the deal’s back on whether he likes it or not.
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.