PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #206: Charmaine Chapter 38

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #206. Today we are reading chapter 38 of the novel “Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Pastor Gillespie raised his head in surprise. “What?”
Pastor Alexander repeated the statement: “If there is anyone here who sees any reason why these two should not be joined together in holy matrimony as instituted by our God, let him or her speak now, or forever hold your peace.”
“I do,” the voice repeated even louder.
Surely this is some Ethiopian wedding trick, Pastor Gillespie thought, looking at Charmaine. Why would she object to our wedding today? We’ve had an open relationship, so what can it possibly be now?
A gasp rose up from the crowd as the guests anxiously waited to see what would happen next. What has Pastor Gillespie done now for Charmaine to do this? many were thinking. Could the e-book, The Real Truth About the Ethiopians, be telling the actual truth about these people, that they are not people of their word? Maybe Pastor Gillespie is not all that he has been portraying himself to be.
Well, what do you know, Brother Martin thought, they are playing right into our hands. The Martins looked at each other trying to hold back a grin. Trust these Ethiopians to sabotage themselves and mess things up, Zelda Martin thought.
This is most interesting, Mr. Carrington thought.
After the initial shock wore off, whispers began floating across the room. Pastor Gillespie raised his eyebrows and continued to stare at Charmaine. “Well?” he questioned. A confident smile spread across her lips. Knowing Charmaine, he could count on receiving a logical explanation. Charmaine spoke.
“Pastor Gillespie, after much prayer, thinking, and fasting, and after weighing the pros and cons, I feel very strongly that God is leading me in this decision. The Lord has allowed our paths to cross, and in that crossing, we have found out that there is a lot we have in common. With that being the case, you asked me to be your wife and, yes, I humbly accepted.”
Clearing her throat she continued. “I came to another crossroad in my life the day you asked me to marry you. I had to slow down, pray more, and make some decisions. Pastor Gillespie, if I did go through with our marriage, I would feel as though I have completely severed the marital bond that God put between you and your wife, Gloria, when you two exchanged vows.”
Pastor Gillespie stood amazed at the humility, graciousness, and bigness of the young lady before him — to put aside her desires so God’s perfect will would be done.
“Pastor Gillespie, I also feel compelled to remain true to my people. We love you, and the entire community has been behind us getting married. There is, however, a cultural belief in our community and that is an unmarried woman does not marry a divorced man. I know this is the twenty-first century and things have changed, but I believe, and I believe you believe, this is backed up by the Bible.”
Pastor Gillespie nodded.
“And last, but most important: I had the honor of meeting your wife and spending some time with her. Gloria still loves you dearly, and I do not doubt that deep down you still love her. I believe God would have you both to put your marriage back together. And since we are all gathered here before God, honoring God by doing His will instead of ours, I believe that a wedding should go on.”
Turning to face the audience, Charmaine signalled to Sister Mona. Everyone turned their heads not quite knowing what to expect. They were just as surprised as Pastor Gillespie. Pastor Gillespie blinked twice to make sure he was not dreaming. The double doors leading from the vestibule into the auditorium were pushed open by Mother Louise and Sister Mona to reveal his wife — Gloria Gillespie — in a beautiful lace white wedding dress — her original wedding dress, as she had lost a lot of weight due to the stress of being separated from her husband. He could not protest even if he wanted to, as the Lord had been dealing with him about reuniting with his wife instead of marrying this beautiful Ethiopian woman, but he was leaning more to the flesh than to doing the right thing. So, God used Charmaine to be the strong and spiritual one to help Pastor Gillespie do the right thing and go back to his wife.
As if on cue, the pianist started to play the wedding march as Gloria Gillespie gracefully glided down the aisle to take her place next to the man whose heart God had originally joined with hers. Their eyes never left each other as she drew closer to him. Charmaine, indeed, has more wisdom than I do, Pastor Gillespie thought.
Charmaine reached out and gave Gloria Gillespie a tight hug. Both were fighting hard to hold back the tears.
Blinking hard, Charmaine placed Sister Gillespie’s hand into Pastor Gillespie’s hand. She cupped both their hands affectionately, squeezing them as though placing a permanent seal around the reunion. Charmaine nodded at Pastor Gillespie as their eyes met. A single tear trickled down her cheek. Pastor Gillespie returned the nod. Turning to Sister Gillespie, Charmaine whispered, “He’s all yours, as it should be, sister. May God bless the both of you.”
As Charmaine took her seat between her uncle and Appiah, Sister Gillespie began to speak.
“Roland, before I try to reclaim this honorable position as your wife, I wish to apologize for not being the biblical wife that I should have been throughout our marriage. I have not submitted to you as I vowed. I have been disobedient, rebellious, disrespectful, and stubborn. I have disrespected you, not only at home, but before others whom you were trying to reach with the Gospel and help teach the truth of the Word of God, including the thousands who are gathered here today. I apologize to you for not being a good helpmeet to you and dishonoring you. I humbly ask you to please forgive me…and…I humbly ask, will you please take me back as your wife?”
Without hesitation, Pastor Gillespie opened wide his arms to receive his ‘new’ wife. Gloria Gillespie just did something he never dreamed she would ever do — genuinely apologize for any and all wrong she did throughout their marriage. The Gloria he knew was proud, full of herself, and wanted to be in control. The Gloria standing before him was a humble, broken, spirit-filled, and glowing woman. What man would not want such a woman to be his wife?
With her husband’s arm around her shoulders, Gloria Gillespie turned to face the wedding guests.
“Members of All Peoples Non-Denominational Church, visitors, and friends, I humbly ask your forgiveness for not being the example I should have been of a godly, virtuous wife and Christian woman before you. I ask each one of you to please, please forgive me and please give me another chance at being first lady of this great church.”
The silence of the stunned people that followed was broken as someone shouted: “Hallelujah! We welcome you back, first lady Gillespie!” This produced a rippling effect that sent loud cheers throughout the auditorium. While tears were flowing all across the auditorium, and people were shouting and high-fiving each other, people tweeted old members of the church and the crowd that was in the overflow began to grow even more.
Many stood to their feet and applauded as the Ethiopian musicians struck up some amazing music that made the walls shake. The Ethiopians still had reason to celebrate: Pastor Roland Gillespie, their pastor, had stood up for them when someone tried to destroy them. They had finally been accepted with open arms and could freely worship among those fellow believers who had accepted them with no regard to their race. Yes, they had every reason to celebrate.
Pastor Alexander let them celebrate for a while before calling everyone to order for the continuation of this important occasion. Pastor Gillespie embraced his wife and kissing her tenderly. He said, “I love you so much.” And then he knelt down and asked, “Will you marry me again?”
The crowd went crazy again.
“I love you so much, too,” Gloria replied. “Yes, yes, yes. I’ll marry you again.”
Looking around she asked, “Where’s Charmaine? Ultimately, she is the reason for all of this. I don’t believe there is a woman in the history of the world who would have done what Charmaine has done. She is truly a woman of God and a princess among women.”

Charmaine, being the humble woman that she was, took advantage of the celebratory time to sneak off with Mother Louise and Sister Mona because this was Sister Gillespie’s moment. They took off in one of the limousines and headed for the Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant to make sure everything was in place for the reception.

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Mr. Carrington’s heart was touched. He glanced over at the Martins. How could they do this? “Let’s make our move, men,” he said to the other INS officers who came with him. He had one of the ushers to ask the Martins to meet him outside. The Martins hurried to answer his call.
“Are you ready?” they eagerly asked.
“More than ready,” Mr. Carrington said. “Mr. and Mrs. Martin, you are both under arrest for interfering with the work of the federal government. Anything you say outside of the courtroom can and will be used against you in the courtroom.” Brother Martin and his wife, Zelda Martin, were shocked that their plan had backfired on them. “If I were you,” Mr. Carrington said to Brother Martin who began to protest, “I would not say a word. Take them in,” he directed his co-workers. Two of the INS officials walked the Martins to one of the big blue buses which took them to the federal prison to await trial. So, they were taken away in one of the blue buses that the Martins wanted the Ethiopians to be taken away in to be deported.

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After their marriage vows were renewed, Pastor and Sister Gillespie, the Ethiopians, and the rest of the jubilant church crowd, and visitors made their way over to the Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant for the wedding reception. The seating stretched all the way out the door and around the restaurant lawn. Music flowed and laughter was shared as the huge five tiered cake was cut.

Bohlale, relieved that Charmaine was still a single woman, grabbed her arm as the musicians struck up the dance tune. “Let’s lead everyone in dancing!” he exclaimed. “C’mon everybody…and a one, and a two, and a three!” Pastor Gillespie, his bride, Gloria, Sister Louise, Sister Mona, the members of All-Peoples Denominational Church, and all of the wedding guests from across the country and around the world jumped up and did the electric slide — Ethiopian-style.

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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.