Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #67. Today we are reading chapter 10 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Cassandra and Prudence finished off their meal then retired to Cassandra’s room for the evening.
“Do you think Grant sent the box to his parent’s home in error?” Prudence asked.
“No. I think he did it on purpose to ensure that I received it,” Cassandra said. “Anyway, I wanted to show you this.”
Cassandra reached into the bottom of the box and brought out a smaller rectangular box. “Wow!” both her and Prudence exclaimed as Cassandra removed the cover to reveal a beautiful diamond necklace with a cross and a heart pendant. Next to it was a locket to alternate with the heart. Cassandra opened the locket to find the picture of Grant and her that they took on prom night inside.
“That Grant is serious about you,” Prudence said smiling. “This is expensive stuff,” she said touching the jewelry.
“Come on. Help me put it on,” Cassandra said. “How do I look?” she asked fingering the necklace.
“It’s beautiful, really beautiful,” Prudence said.
Reaching into her bedside table drawer, Cassandra pulled out the ring that Grant had given her before he left. She slipped it on her finger. “Don’t they go well with each other?” she asked, proudly laying her hand with the ring across her chest next to the necklace.
“Are you going to show Aunt Nat and Uncle Ben?”
“Yes and no,” Cassandra said removing the jewelry, and placing them back in their boxes. “I’ll be wearing them to church on Sunday for sure; and you, Grant Lee, will be wearing one of your new outfits on Sunday,” she added as she tickled his chin.
Sunday morning was a cloudy day but that did not dampen the joy in Cassandra’s heart as she hurried to the breakfast table. Rev. Nichols had already left for the church. Prudence was already seated at the table with Cassandra’s mother.
“I’ll fix your plate for you,” Prudence offered. “You take care of Grant Lee. Doesn’t he look sharp in his new outfit, Aunt Nat?”
Natalie reluctantly agreed as she looked at Grant Lee with a smile. Her eyes quickly darted to the necklace around Cassandra’s neck as rays of light glittered on the diamonds.
“Where in the world did you get such a beautiful necklace, Cassandra? It looks very expensive,” Natalie asked her daughter.
“It is expensive and Grant sent it. It was at the bottom of the box with Grant Lee’s clothes,” Cassandra beamed. “Do you like it?”
“I have to admit, I do. But, really, it looks so expensive,” Natalie said. “Did he say where he got the money to buy it? I mean, he just started college, he’s not working anywhere, are you sure–”
“Mother, are you trying to imply that he stole it?”
“Oh, I am not trying to imply anything. I was just wondering,” Natalie said. “Well, eat up. You both can ride with me if you want to.”
Cassandra felt good being back in church. She beamed with pride at the many compliments the church-goers paid her about her necklace. “And that’s a beautiful ring,” one of the ladies said to her, lifting Cassandra’s hand to get a better look. Natalie Nichols, who was talking to another one of the church members, swung around when she overheard the words. “Ring? What ring?”
“How come I never saw that ring before?” she asked Cassandra on the way home. “And I notice that you’re wearing it on your ring finger. Where did you get it from? Is it that Grant boy again?”
“Yes, Grant gave it to me before he left.”
“What?” Natalie exclaimed. The car screeched around the curb as she rapidly hit the brakes after accidentally hitting the accelerator pedal. “Cassandra, answer me truthfully? Do you have any idea where he’s getting the money from? Are you sure that boy is not selling drugs or something?”
“Mother! Of course not! Mother, Grant is an honest Christian man. Whatever he gets, he gets it by honest means,” Cassandra said. “And have you forgotten his father is not only a pastor, but he also owns his own restaurant and they have another one across town. Both are doing extremely well. Grant was employed there before he left.”
“Well, you can be sure that we’ll be talking more about this when your father comes in,” Natalie said as she put the car in park after pulling up in their garage.
The family sat down to their Sunday dinner after Rev. Nichols came home. His wife wasted no time in getting to what was on her mind.
“Benjamin, have you noticed the necklace and the ring Cassandra’s wearing?”
“You have great taste, Cassandra,” Rev. Nichols mumbled hardly looking at the jewelry as he placed a large piece of the roast in his mouth.
“No, Benjamin. Take a real good look,” Natalie said. “She says that Grant gave them to her before he left.”
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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.