Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #322. Today we are reading chapter 13 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
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The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months and the months into years. Dwight, as he told his mother, “expanded his coast” by worshiping at Mt. Providence Baptist every first and third Sundays, and visiting the Church of the Living God Pillar of Truth Church on second and fourth Sundays. “I just want to be a blessing to as many people as I can before I pass off the scene,” he said even though deep down he knew he was “expanding his coast” as an attempt to appease his wife. It did not take long for him to settle into that routine. In addition, he accepted the increasing number of invitations from various churches in the South and along the eastern seaboard all the way up to New York where he originally started to minister to folks through song.
The Lord blessed Rosalind to give birth to three more children over a four year span: Rachel Beatrice, Kennedy Ryan, and Jessica Katylee. Although home with her four children and helping out in the church, a spirit of restlessness stayed with Rosalind constantly. She desired more out of life, but was not exactly sure what it was she desired.
About a month after the birth of their fourth child, Dwight was invited to minister to the brothers and sisters at New Hope Holiness Church in Fairhope, Alabama.
“Did you say New Hope Holiness Church?” Mother Randall asked when Rosalind called her mother to tell her about that meeting.
“It’s New Hope off Lennox and 12th Street.,” Rosalind said. “There’s a park, more like a playground, right across from it.”
“That’s the one!” Mother said. “I don’t remember there being a playground across from it, though. Rosa, that’s the family church. You don’t remember it? Well, you may not remember it. You were six years old when we left. I visited it about four times since I moved up to New York. I thought I took you children back with me a couple times when I went to visit the family. I can’t believe they’re still going on,” Mother said.
“The pastor, Rev. Dr. Apostle Alfred Morton, put two and two together and figured out I was your daughter. I vaguely remember him. I remember his daughter and I used to go to school together. We were best friends. Dimples. We used to call her Dimples because she had a fat dimple on either side of her cheeks,” Rosalind said. “Dimples is married now with eight children. She said every year after she got married she got pregnant until finally she decided to put a stop to it.”
Mother laughed. “Yes, I remember Dimples.”
“Apostle Morton had nothing to say but good things about you,”Rosalind said. “He was pleased to know that you are still using your gift of singing to be a blessing to the people there at St. Paul’s.”
“Yes. I remember them. I can’t believe Apostle Morton is still alive and still overseeing the church. I haven’t had contact with them for several years now. I thought he had passed away,” Mother said.
“He’s still alive, but his wife passed away over a year now. He lives with Dimples and her family in a big house; they have the second biggest house on their street,” Rosalind said.
“You know, Rosa, I’ve been seriously thinking of moving back home to Alabama. New York has been good to me, but I’m up in this big house all by myself. After you and Dwight left I rented out two of the rooms, but I stopped that two years back as the last people I rented it to, I had to tell them to leave because they weren’t acting right. They wanted to party and play loud music all night long. I had to put a stop to that. Plus, I haven’t seen my second and third and now my fourth grand-babies. The Lord has shown me that I’m not getting any younger so I need to start preparing for my old age. I said, ‘Lord, where do you want me to spend my last days?’ He told me just as clearly as I’m talking to you to go back to Fairhope and be a blessing to those at New Hope before the Lord calls me home.”
“Mother, don’t talk like that,” Rosalind said. “You have many more years ahead of you.”
“Well, when your own children who you give birth to stop visiting and looking out for you and they live around the corner, you know you’re getting old and senile, and they don’t want to be bothered with you.”
“What are you talking about?” Rosalind said.
“Eli and Eunice are not acting right. I’ve been having nothing but trouble out of them both for some years now. You know how sorry they both are. I feel so lonely and lost in this big house since you and Dwight left. I miss my grand-babies. I haven’t even held my last three grand-babies–”
“Mother!” Rosalind called out. “You’re rambling again. Stop rambling. Please. What are you trying to say?”
“I’m getting on up in age; I can’t do like I used to. Eli and Eunice have not been by to see me in a long while. Plus my nerves is acting up. I could always depend on you. It was a pleasure living with you, and –”
“Mother, are you trying to ask can you come live with us?”
“Well, … it would be nice. Then I won’t have to worry so much about getting sick and no one to take me to the doctor with you being so far away, and Eli and Eunice –”
“I thought the Lord told you to go back to Alabama,” Rosalind said.
“Yes, He did. But I wanted to stop by and spend some time with you and Dwight and my grand-babies. At least I know you care about me, and–”
“Mother, I’m sure you can come live with us. I’m sure Dwight’s brother won’t mind driving you down here. He stops by every other month to check up on Mama Tess.”
“Now that’s a good son. If I could get Eli to do that then I wouldn’t have to bother you. Thank you so much, Rosa. I don’t know if I should plan on bringing all my furniture, or just buy some more. What do you think, Rosa?”
“Mother, it’s Rosalind. Please do not call me Rosa. That’s my little girl’s name. Don’t worry about the furniture. Is there anything else you want, Mother?”
“Okay, Rosalind. Are you sure I can come stay with you all? I don’t want to impose. Don’t you have to ask Dwight? You know I don’t want anything to come between you and him and me, and –”
“Goodbye, Mother. I’ll call you later.”
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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.