Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #305. Today we are reading chapter 35 of the novel “I Know What Prayer Can Do” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Jennifer was so proud of Mrs. Francia and the strength she was showing. As Gravlin and the officers made their way to the bedroom, rapid knocking echoed from the front door. Officer Paneer retraced his steps to answer the door. Mrs. Francia gasped. Her husband stood shame-faced before the opened door. Another police officer was holding him firmly by the upper arm. “He tried to escape through the window.”
“Good job, men,” Gravlin said as he read Diego Francia his rights. “Mrs. Francia, we’ll need for you to remain in town as we will need you to answer some questions about your husband’s activities.”
Mrs. Francia who was now sitting down nodded. Her face was ashen. Mrs. Francia and Jennifer looked at each other. “Mrs. Francia, I can explain everything,” Jennifer said as Gravlin and his group left with Mr. Francia. She locked the door behind them and sat facing Mrs. Francia. Jennifer started from the beginning.
“I’m sorry, Mrs. Francia, but I could not let him continue getting money out of me, Dr. Cruz and others, and with you caught in the middle. You don’t deserve this; but more than anything, Luis does not deserve this. He’s too precious for this father to do this to him. That’s not love.”
Jennifer braced herself for an angry reaction from Mrs. Francia. Mrs. Francia sighed as a look of relief crossed her face.
“Gracias, Jennifer. You did what I should have done. But I was too scared as he threatened to sue me for negligence—that is, taking the medication knowing the possible harm it could bring to Luis. But I trusted God to have him born safely. The past two years have been troublesome as I have lived in fear not knowing when or if the police would come and get my husband.”
Jennifer gave Mrs. Francia a hug. “I’ll spend the night with you,” she said. “I can stay the rest of the week if you want me to.”
Jennifer returned to her apartment at the end of the week promising Mrs. Francia she would keep in touch. Brad stopped by her apartment to make sure everything was secure and that she made it in safely. They both stopped off for a short visit with Aubrey and her family. The reunion was not without tears.
“Don’t you ever do that to us again,” Mother Jamison chided her. “What kind of friends are we if we can’t help each other?”
As soon as Jennifer met Mariadas Carmen who spent much of her days with Mother Jamison, Jennifer took a liking to her. “She reminds me so much of Mrs. Francia: small frame, kind eyes, soft-spoken. I think she’d be a blessing to Mrs. Francia. Do you mind if I take her to visit?”
“Not at all,” Aubrey said. “She could spend a few days with her if she so desires, and be an encouragement to her—maybe share Jesus with Mrs. Francia.”
Mariadas and Mrs. Francia conversed like long-lost friends. They kept in touch with each other even after Mrs. Francia returned to Spain to live with her parents.
The trial date for Diego Francia was set for two weeks from the date of his arrest being that they had to turn him over to the Spanish officials. Aubrey and Jennifer saw the fear in Mrs. Francia’s eyes as she testified against her husband. “Yes, your Honor. The medication I took while I was pregnant affected him mentally and physically. My husband and I both knew the side effects and we both signed the consent form so Dr. Cruz had nothing to do with my son’s slow development. In fact, Dr. Guillam who treated him in the emergency room said he only had a mild concussion; the double throw rugs helped cushion the impact of his fall. Jennifer has nothing to do with his condition. My husband had her believing otherwise so he could do his dirty work.”
Dr. Guillam’s testimony backed up Mrs. Francia’s testimony. “The concussion only left a noticeable bump on his forehead; it was not severe enough to cause any mental or physical problems at all. I have the report right here,” she said handing the report to the bailiff to give to the judge.
Jennifer was the last to tell what happened on the day her nightmare began.
“After the Francia’s left for dinner, I played with Luis for a while before getting him ready for bed. Even though his parents did not say anything to me about his being slow mentally and physically, I could tell something was not right with him in those two areas. On top of that, he hardly talked at all. He held a blank stare and when I fanned my hand in front of his eyes he did not respond at all. At first, I thought he was going blind. He remained in one position, making no attempt to run and play as other two-year-olds. When I laid him down to sleep he would beat his head against his pillow, moan, and then fall silent. He did this for about thirty minutes before falling off to sleep. I concluded that this was his sleep pattern. It scared me at first. After about an hour of him not moving, thinking he was in a deep sleep, I left the room to get a glass of water. When I returned to the room he was laying on the floor.”
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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.