Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #335: All the Bishop’s Children Chapter 26

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #335. Today we are reading chapter 26 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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That woman is crazy, Dwight thought. He voiced the same to his mother-in-law. “Mother, tell her she cannot just make a decision like that on the spur of the moment. Tell her she has a husband and children to tend to.”
“Dwight, I try not to get into married people’s business, but considering you are family…” Mother turned to Rosa. “Rosa, your husband’s right. You can’t just up and leave everyday on your little children like that.”
“Mother, you did it. You left us with Big Mama. I remember that. You worked every day since I can remember, and we all turned out good,” Rosalind said. “And, please stop calling me Rosa.”
“It was different during my time. I had to go to work if I was going to put food on the table. I didn’t have a husband to provide for us. I would have loved for him to have stayed. Your daddy was there until you were about five years old; then he just left. He said he was going to look for more work and send more money back to us. At first he sent some money—not more money—some money; then he stopped. After struggling for about a year, your Uncle Josiah persuaded me to come to New York saying things were better up there — ”
“Mother, that was over twenty-three years ago; things have changed –”
“But some things haven’t changed. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done anything to have your daddy stay.”
“Mother, our situation is different,” Rosalind said.
“Here you have a husband who’s willing to work two jobs so you do not have to stress yourself working outside of the house and leaving your children with whoever to take care of them all day, and you refuse to take advantage of that blessing,” Mother said.
“That’s what I tried to tell her,” Dwight said. “That’s just foolish thinking.”
“Women don’t have to stay cooped up in the house any more and I’m one of them,” Rosalind said. “Anyway, I’m staying here longer. You can stay with us if you want to.”
“Now you know I can’t stay any longer. I have two jobs to go to. I told both my bosses I’d be back by Wednesday. Plus, I have a live daily radio broadcast to do,” Dwight said.
“Well, I guess you’d better hit the road then,” Rosalind said. “I’m not coming with you.”
“Dwight, I don’t know what else to say,” Mother said breaking the silence that had planted itself in their midst. “If it were not for my grandbabies, I would tell her she could not stay here; but I have to look out for my grandbabies. I’m sure you understand my position.”
“Yes, Mother, I understand, and you should not have to be bothered with this. I would take the children with me, but she’s their mother and she’s going to keep them. I’ll be back not this weekend, but next weekend,” Dwight said. He hugged the children, told them to be good, then went on his way back to Georgia. He made good time and worked half a day at the hardware store and put in a full night at the radio station doing his janitorial work and his recording.

“I didn’t know Rosalind and the children were staying,” Mama Tess said to Dwight at dinner later that evening before he went to the radio station.
“I didn’t know either. She dropped it on us at the last minute,” Dwight said. “Then she talked about not coming back unless she gets a job.”
“I think it’s more than her getting a job,” Mama Tess said after thinking on her son’s words. “I think she’s embarrassed to come back. She still has not apologized to Apostle Dunbar and his wife. Constantly looking over her back wondering who knows about the situation is wearing her out. She does not know how many people know.”
“I did not even think about that,” Dwight said. “But now that you mention it, that makes sense; she wants to run away rather than face it head-on. She pulled the getting-a-job trick because she knows I would be against her and that would give her an excuse not to return.”
“I don’t think it’s a trick; I think she’s serious about getting a job, but that’s another matter,” Mama Tess said. “Tammi called on Sunday evening and this morning asking for Rosalind. She was supposed to have led the services and they were supposed to get together to discuss their first Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meeting. Of course, Rosalind was not here. Tammi did not know about her going to Alabama.”
“I tell you the truth,” Dwight said.
“News has gotten around. A couple of the women at Mt. Providence Baptist asked me about what she had done,” Mama Tess said.
“I can’t even walk through town because of the embarrassment she’s bringing upon the family,” Dwight said to his mother. “I told her it would come back to bite her in the butt. Excuse the expression, Mama Tess.”
Mama Tess chuckled. “I wouldn’t let it embarrass me. Anybody who asks, I would tell them the truth. I would roll all the balls right back into her court. Son, I know you have a soft heart and you love your wife and that’s why you let her have her way at times.”
“It’s not a matter of letting her have her way. I let some things go to keep the peace, especially for the children’s sake.”
“That’s just a false peace that won’t last long,” Mama Tess said. “Sometimes, you have to create a little war to create true and lasting peace.” She chuckled. “If I were you, I’d go back to Fairhope, put the children in the car, take her firmly by the arm and march her into the car and dare her to get out. I’d bring her on home where she belongs.”
“She’s only going to resist and cause a ruckus,” Dwight said.
“Then let her. Which do you want: a broken up family or one that’s together even with some problems? You just stand your ground and let her know, in no uncertain way, that you are serious. You can’t give up, especially when you know you’re right,” his mother said. “Like I said: sometimes you have to make war to have real peace.”

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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.