Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #336: All the Bishop’s Children Chapter 27

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #336. Today we are reading chapter 27 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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The following weekend found Dwight on his way back to Fairhope, Alabama, to collect his wife and children and bring them back to Augusta, Georgia.
“I just came to do what I should have done the last time I was here,” he said to his mother-in-law. “She’s going home whether she likes it or not. That’s where she belongs: home with her husband and children.”
Mother smiled as she hugged her grand-children.
“Put their clothes and your clothes in the car, right now,” Dwight told his wife. “And, hurry, because we will be in church tomorrow as a family and I have a concert on Sunday evening and we will all be going.”
Rosalind started to protest, but her husband’s tone of voice and the sharp look her mother gave her advised her against it. She tossed the packed suitcases in the trunk of the car.
“Here, Rosa,” Mother said placing another bag in her hand. “Some of the children’s clothes and your two dresses were outside on the line.”
“Those can stay,” Rosalind said.
“No, they can’t. Go put them in the car. I have no time for your tricks,” Dwight said. “Children, get in the car.” He scooped up the youngest in his arms. “Good bye, Mother. Thanks for everything. Call us if you need anything.”
Dwight stopped by the front door and turned to his wife. “Rosalind, get in the car, and do not cause any unnecessary scene before your mother or the children. They’ve seen enough.”
“Ahem! I’ve been meaning to tell you: I got a job; I begin on Wednesday,” Rosalind said.
“You do not have a job so just get in the car.” Dwight took her firmly by the arm and marched her out to the car. Rosalind sat in the front passenger seat looking straight ahead. Dwight placed the baby on her lap and slammed the car door shut. He climbed into the driver seat and revved up the car engine.
“Here you go,” Mother said placing a small basket with sandwiches, fruit, and Little Debbie snack cakes on DJ’s lap. “Something to eat on the way. God bless you. Rosa, be good.”
Rosalind rolled her eyes. She muttered, “See you later” to her mother as Dwight drove off.

“Did you children have a good time at your grandmother’s?” Dwight asked.
“Yes, Daddy. We want to go back again. I wish we could have stayed longer,” they said.
“See there. Even the children wanted to stay,” Rosalind said.
“That’s because some of you do not want to go to school,” he said laughing with the children. Turning to his wife, he said, “I know you didn’t enjoy your week.”
“You don’t know that.”
“How could you when you left Tammi and the other women hanging. Weren’t you supposed to have delivered the sermon on last Sunday and led the first Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meeting?”
“She knew I was taking Mother home,” Rosalind said.
“But she expected you back. And you did not even have the decency to call and let her know you decided to stay longer,” Dwight said.
“She could have figured that out.”
“When? At the last minute? You just don’t care about others, do you? When your friends and those women at the church begin to desert you, don’t come crying to me,” Dwight said.
“How can you even fix your mouth to say that when I’m the one who has reached out to them to help them birth a dream that can impact the whole world—a dream they were too scared to make a reality?”
“No, they weren’t too scared; they just had enough respect for Apostle Dunbar to wait on his agenda as God gave it to him,” Dwight said. “And that’s why you did not want to come back. You do not want to face up to the mess you left there. You do not want to apologize to Apostle Dunbar and the others. That’s just childish and hypocritical. You can’t be telling the children to say ‘I’m sorry’ to each other when they hurt each other or when they disobey us and you not do the same when — ”
“That’s right, Dad,” DJ said from the back seat.
“DJ, shut your mouth! What have I told you about talking when grown folks are talking?” his mother said.
“Don’t you tell him to shut his mouth when he’s saying the right thing,” Dwight almost shouted at his wife.
“Well, nobody was talking to him,” Rosalind said.
The children nudged each other as they continued listening to their parents argue.
“And where and why did you get a job knowing you don’t live in Fairhope?” Dwight said, “especially after I told you not to?”
“Because we need it. I could spend the weekdays with mother and come home on the weekends. We’re hardly making progress. It’s been seven to eight years and we have nothing of our own to show for it.”
“What in the world are you talking about?” Dwight said. “As long as you’re serving God, being a blessing to others, and showing God’s love to everyone you are making progress.”
“That’s not what I mean, and you know it. We could be further along the road if you get off your do-nothing and go start the church you know God is calling you to start. If you had done that, I would not have had to use Apostle Dunbar’s members to begin one, and — ”
“So now you’re going to blame me for your stupidity?” Dwight said. “Do you know what I’ve been doing this past week? Facing those people and making excuses for your stupidity. But like Mama Tess said, I’m not gonna cover for you. I’m throwing all the balls back into your court. So you got a lot of explaining to do when we get back in town because people are talking.”
“Who’s talking?” Rosalind asked.
“You’ll know once you get back,” Dwight said. “Now be quiet so the children and I can ride in peace.”
“As if I wanted to talk to you in the first place,” Rosalind muttered. The rest of the journey home, she tried to figure out just who knew what and how she would answer them.

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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.