Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Holiday Edition episode #6. Today we are reading the book “Money Under the Car Seat & Other Things to Thank God For” by Daniel Whyte III.
A FOREIGNER REFLECTS ON THE AMERICAN THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY by Mrs. Meriqua Whyte
Do colorful festivals, great music, delicious and spicy food, and people dressed to party sound exciting to you? If it does, then put on your costume and follow me to the Easter Regatta, or Kite Festival. Or better yet, we might just end up at the Jamaica Jazz Festival. Festivals in Jamaica run throughout the year. Even Christmas time is a festival time. People congregate in the streets in colorful costumes, parading the streets from early morning until late in the evening. Often times, this is followed by eating curry goat, jerk pork, jerk chicken, oxtails, and fried fish—all eaten with rice and peas. There may be sno-cones for the children, if the day is hot. Yum. Yum. Feeling tyad yet? Dis a good tyadness, mon. See ya next year.
All this singing and dancing and music is quite a contrast to the peaceful day of Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving Day has taken on more meaning now that God has blessed me with a family of my own. Before then, it was simply a time to come together with some friends and family—really just to eat an extra big meal, put on weight, then struggle to get it off over the next few days, or maybe over the next few weeks.
For my family, it is a very relaxing time, which lasts from a day or two before the actual day of Thanksgiving, up until the New Year. We push it hard all year, looking forward to this relaxing mini-vacation time. It is a time of celebration for the things we accomplished throughout the year, for God’s glory. It is also a time of planning and goal-setting for the up-coming year. We try to keep the Thanksgiving spirit alive in our home and hearts, by offering up daily prayers of thanks to God throughout the year, and not just on Thanksgiving Day.
My husband has led our family to start our own Thanksgiving tradition with his Famous Royal Bacon-Wrapped Turkey being the centerpiece. Talk about something good! We gather around the dinner table and we each say one thing for which we are thankful. My husband then would lead us in a prayer of thanks unto God, after which we would dig in. Let’s make Thanksgiving not just a once a year occasion, but a 365 day a year commitment, thanking God each day for at least one thing.
May God bless you on Thanksgiving Day and throughout your life.
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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.