Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #24. Today we are reading chapter 24 of the novel “The Thanksgiving Letters” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Alexander pulled the door open.
“Antoinette Moriah?” he asked surprised.
“Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Fleming,” Antoinette said. “May I come in?” Alexander stepped aside.
“Sorry to disturb your Thanksgiving but I felt I must come over here,” she said placing the little girl in her arms on the floor.
“And who is this pretty little princess?”
“This is your grand-daughter, Clementine. Didn’t you receive my letter? And is Mrs. Fleming home?”
“Yes, I did get your letter,” Alexander said, scooping his grand-daughter up in his arms and giving her a kiss on the cheeks. “Come and join us in the dining room, Antoinette. We need you to help clear some things up here anyway.”
Barbara Fleming’s mouth gaped open when Antoinette entered the dining room followed by Alexander.
“Antoinette needs no introduction,” Alexander said, pulling out his seat for her to sit at the head of the table. “And this beautiful little girl is my grand-daughter, Clementine.”
Barbara’s head started to spin. She put up a hand to steady herself.
Clemen looked at Antoinette and with a nod said, “Hello, Antoinette.” Lacey did the same.
Pulling an envelope out of her jacket pocket, and passing it to Mr. Fleming, Antoinette said, “This is for your wife, Barbara.”
Alexander opened the envelope and shook his head as he viewed its contents. Handing his grand-daughter to Antoinette, he said, “I’ll be right back.”
Everyone waited in anticipation as to the contents of the envelope. Barbara Fleming stared at her empty plate. Alan, who was full from eating so much, was already asleep on Art’s lap with a dinner roll still in his hand. No one at the table moved. The mystery envelope was on everyone’s mind.
Alexander Fleming returned with two envelopes in his hand. Removing the contents from the first envelope, he said, “This is a check for $8000 made out to Antoinette and signed by my wife.” He slapped the slip of paper down on the table in front of Barbara who picked it up with trembling hands and set it beside her plate.
“Dear Mr. Fleming,” Alexander began. There was no other movement as Alexander read the letter he received from Antoinette two days ago.
This is Antoinette Moriah. I don’t know if you remember me. Your wife and my mother, Margaret Moriah, were good friends. Your son, Clemen, and I graduated the same year. Your wife and my mother signed some kind of contract which stated that your son and I were to get married. Both pushed us toward that end. When my mother told me about it, I saw it as some kind of game, but I took it too far. On our prom night, I enticed Clemen into going to bed with me. I got pregnant and God allowed me to give birth to a beautiful baby girl who I named Clementine.
I knew it when I saw her, Clemen thought squeezing his wife’s hand.
The blood drained out of Barbara Fleming’s face as she kept looking down at her empty plate.
When Barbara Fleming found out I was pregnant (I told my mother and my mother told her) she took matters into her own hands. She paid me $8000 to abort the baby (a copy of the check is enclosed).
Clemen sharply turned his attention from his father to his mother. He felt anger rising up in him.
Your wife drove me down to the clinic herself, and instructed me to call her when the procedure was over with. About a week before the scheduled date she took me out for breakfast (or at least that is what she had my mother to believe); it was then that she showed me the check. She also told me that my mother and her son, Clemen, were in full agreement that I should have the abortion.
Clemen slammed his fist on the table. Lacey grabbed his arm to calm him down.
She told me even you, Mr. Fleming, were in agreement as well. She went on to tell me not to mention it to anyone and not to discuss the check with anyone. I asked her why wasn’t my mother the one talking with me about the abortion. She said my mother was mentally unstable and that she could not handle anything else regarding my unexpected pregnancy at the time.
She tried to talk me into aborting my baby also, Cambia thought with disgust. She had to force herself not to look at her mother.
Your wife picked me up from the clinic. I did not tell her or my mother that I did not go through with the abortion. I left them believing that I did.
“No, no,” Barbara said weakly. “That’s not true. She’s made all this up to get Clemen back.”
“Oh, shut the hell up, Barbara!” Alexander said as he continued reading Antoinette’s letter out loud.
Unable to bear the guilt and shame and not really knowing what to believe, I left town, gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl (her picture is enclosed). The Lord assured me that He has forgiven me and He has given me the grace to go on with my life. I am now in my third year in journalism school. Up until the writing of this letter, I have not cashed the check. I plan on returning it to your wife. Please say nothing of this letter to her or to anyone. God bless and have a great Thanksgiving.
Alexander folded the letter and placed it back in the envelope.
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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.