PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Novels Holiday Edition #1: The Thanksgiving Letters Chapter 10 by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #10. Today we are reading chapter 10 of the novel “The Thanksgiving Letters” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

That very evening Clemen discussed with his father all that had taken place.

“You know what you did was wrong, especially as a Christ follower. But you cannot undo what was done, and marrying Antoinette will not solve anything. It might make things worse. You’ll both probably go into the marriage blaming each other. All I can tell you is to make it a matter of prayer and follow the Lord’s guidance. I’ll be praying for you too.”

Taking his father’s advice, Clemen prayed about the situation and returned with an answer a few days later. “Dad, I was thinking of doing my undergraduate studies here at the university in town, but I think it’s best if I go ahead on out of town. I need to get out from under mom. She’s still trying to control my life and I really do not want any more problems with her.”

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The next few days were torturous for Antoinette. She resisted all attempts from her mother to reach out to her. One morning, after her mother and father left home, she quickly pulled together her belongings. Searching in her mother’s bedside drawer, she found the banking information to her college fund savings. Antoinette withdrew $500 and transferred the remaining balance over into a new account.

Antoinette sighed as she pulled out the driveway in the white car her parents had given her on graduation day. On the way out of the city, she stopped by the copy shop. I’ll make several copies of this check lest I lose it, she thought, referring to the $8000 check Barbara Fleming had paid her. I probably should put it away in the bank for safe keeping.

Margaret returned home at noon to hopefully have lunch with Antoinette. After fixing a nice meal for both of them and waiting an hour, she called Antoinette on her cell phone.

Forgot that I’ll have to change my number, Antoinette thought after recognizing her mother’s number.

“Antoinette, this is Mother. I was hoping to have lunch with you. Anyway, call me back so that I’ll know where you are and that you’re safe.”

Antoinette listened to her mother’s message with some guilt, but fought the thought of going back home.

Going to her bedroom to take a nap, Margaret almost fainted when she read the letter Antoinette left her on her pillow. It read:

Dear Mother,

By the time you read this letter, I will have been long gone. Please do not try to track me down, and don’t worry, I have not committed suicide. I am sorry to have disappointed you, that is, with things not working out between Clemen and me. As you already know, I went down to the clinic because I could not bear the guilt and shame of being pregnant outside of marriage while calling myself a Christian.

You may want to speak with Barbara Fleming as she has proven to be stronger than you at a time when I needed you most. By the way, I went ahead and removed most of the money from my college fund. I’ll need it to find a place to stay and to help sustain me until I can find a job.

Mother, I do love you and it’s unfortunate how we have to separate. I hope you’ll discuss this matter with father. Give him my love.

Antoinette

“What have I done? What have I done?” Margaret moaned. “I have ruined my daughter’s life all because I foolishly listened to that Barbara Fleming, counting her friendship dearer than my own daughter’s well-being.” Anger began to build up in her.
She immediately picked up the phone to call Barbara Fleming.

“Barbara, you have done it! You’ve really done it this time!”

“Whatever are you talking about, Marge?” Barbara asked sincerely.

“You have ruined my daughter’s life; that’s what you’ve done,” Margaret wailed. “I came home to find this letter from her. She has left home for good.”

Barbara was slightly shocked but tried not to show it.

“What do you mean she has left home, and what do I have to do with her leaving your home?”

“Everything!” Margaret spat. “It all started with that stupid marriage contract of yours which I foolishly signed.”

“Yes, you foolishly signed it,” Barbara said coldly.

“You forced me into pushing my daughter to get with your son and now she has terminated her pregnancy. It was eating her up to the point she felt she had to leave!”

“Again, what does that have to do with me?” Barbara asked. She hated being accused more than anything.

“Like you don’t know! This is what it has to do with you,” Margaret said reading the portion of Antoinette’s letter which made reference to Barbara.

“Oh, that’s because I stepped in at a time when you should have,” Barbara stated smugly. “Remember, I’m the one who took her out for breakfast after hearing the news. I’m the one who took her out for a little outing just the other day in fact. Where were you, dear Marge? Certainly not out encouraging your own daughter. You showed yourself to be a weak and inconsiderate mother.”

Margaret could not believe her ears. “You asked for some time alone with her to create some future mother-in-law/daughter-in-law bonding. There was nothing wrong with that. Should I have denied you?”

“No. But you should have been there with us,” Barbara replied curtly.

“You know something, Barbara! You are full of deceit and dishonesty,” Margaret said angrily.

“And you as well. Goodbye, Margaret.”

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Mr. Moriah did not take the news of his only daughter’s departure and all that led up to it well. “I’ve been telling you for years now not to keep company with Barbara Fleming and that she will pull you down in every way. But, no, you chose to make friends with her. Now look what you both have done.”

Margaret had no words to say.

“If anything happens to my daughter,” Mr. Moriah began after calling Antoinette on her cell phone several times without success, “I will never forgive you. You had better pray hard for her.”

Margaret wiped away her tears, but they kept falling.

“And why didn’t you tell me she was pregnant? The abortion is going to eat her up even more than the pregnancy would have. I could have and would have handled the pregnancy, but the abortion and not knowing where she is right now is killing me.”

All Margaret could say was, “I am sorry. I am sorry,” amidst tears.

“I am sure Alexander Fleming knows nothing about this,” Mr. Moriah said, picking up his phone. “The lawyer in him and the Christ in him would have questioned and put a stop to all this stupidity.”

“Hello, Fleming law office…Yes, he’s in. Hold while I transfer you, please,” Alexander’s secretary said to Mr. Moriah.

“Yes, Bartholomew, what’s up?” Alexander greeted him. “You caught me just in time.”

“I have some bad news, Alex.” Mr. Moriah shared with him all his wife told him.

“My soul!” Alexander exclaimed. “You know, Bartholomew, I found out about this botched contract my wife drew up some months back. I told her to get rid of it, and that as her husband I annulled it. I had no idea she continued on with this scheme of hers. Rest assured, I will get to the bottom of this…I will be praying for Antoinette’s safety…Sure, I won’t discuss the pregnancy or abortion or anything with anyone but my wife. Have a good day.”

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Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.

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.