Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #68. Today we are reading chapter 11 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Benjamin Nichols let his fork clatter to his plate. “Let me see that ring, Cassandra,” he demanded.
Cassandra held her hand out for him to see.
“You say Grant gave this to you before you left?” Benjamin asked recognizing the ring as the one Grant had showed him when he had stopped by the restaurant.
“I can not believe this,” he said slamming his hand down on the table. It caused such a noise that the sleeping Grant Lee awakened with a frown on his face.
“He showed me this same ring the morning I went down to the restaurant to speak with his father. The ring fell out of his hand and somewhere on the floor. I thought he could not find it, so I offered him some money to replace it. I was surprised when he refused to take the money.”
Cassandra held her head down to try and hide the smile creeping up on her face. Grant has too much class and smarts for you to try to buy him off, Cassandra thought. And that’s why I love him.
Benjamin Nichols continued. “Just like a black men, he disregarded my wishes and went behind my back to do something like this with my family. I told him he was not giving my daughter any ring and that he would not be marrying her. I also told him in front of his father not to have any contact whatsoever with Cassandra. This is disrespectful to me as the head of my household. I tell you what, next time I go over there and talk with them, I’m going to take my shotgun, and I’m not taking it over there to try to get a shotgun wedding either.” He glared at Cassandra. “How did you get this ring?”
“He gave it to me just before he left,” Cassandra replied.
“Did you two go down to the courthouse and get married behind our backs as well? Because if you did, as far as I am concerned, it is an abomination before God and very disrespectful to me and your mother and to the people at First Baptist.”
Natalie nodded her head in total agreement. “You ought to give it back at once. In fact, you can just give it to me and I’ll make sure it gets back to him,” she said.
“Dad, it’s just a friendship ring,” Cassandra said ignoring her mother’s comments.
“I thought I ended that ‘friendship’ a long time ago, Cassandra!”
“You still have not told us how that boy gave you this ring,” her mother said sharply. “We had someone watching you up until the very day he left. Unless–”
“Don’t even think of bringing Prudence into this,” Cassandra snapped, quickly stopping her mother in mid-sentence as she looked across at Prudence. “Prudence has nothing to do with what goes on between me and Grant. And frankly, neither do you.”
Cassandra excused herself from the dinner table as did Prudence. She cut them both a huge slice of the lemon cake which they took up to Cassandra’s room.
“You know, Prudence, I’m thinking of moving out of here soon. I wish I could get in touch with Grant to let him know my plans.”
Prudence smiled. “I’ve been thinking of staying here in Mississippi after I get through with my four year nursing program instead of returning to California. I only have one more year. Then, I can get my own place. We could room somewhere together. I’ll have to think on it some more though, because I am certainly saving money staying with your folks.”
“Yeah, I better think about it some more, too. I’m going to take Dad up on his offer to work at the bank, that way I won’t be totally dependent upon them.”
“I guess neither Rev. Barnett or Grant took you seriously,” Natalie said to her husband after the girls left the table.
“Like father, like son,” Benjamin said. “Both are stubborn as mules. Look at what that is doing to Cassandra. She has never disobeyed me, it’s as though she is in cahoots with them.”
“Well, if you don’t go down there and talk to Rev. Barnett and lay it all out before him, I’m going to have to do it myself, and I’ll have them charged for trespassing,” Natalie said firmly.
Monday morning found Benjamin Nichols down at the restaurant before opening hours.
“Rev. Nichols, it’s good to see you again. What brings you here so early?” Rev. Barnett greeted him.
“Good morning, Rev. Barnett. I’m pretty sure you know why I’m here,” Rev. Nichols said. “Your son did not take heed to my direct orders for him not to have anything to do with my daughter, and, to me, that is disrespectful to me, my wife, and our home.”
“As far as I know, Grant has not had any contact with your daughter, Rev. Nichols. He’s been gone since the end of summer.”
“Well, he’s had some contact with her, because he managed to get that ring he bought to her, even though I forbade him to give it to her. I’m going down to the office of vital records and if I find out that somehow they secretly got married at the courthouse the next time you see my face will be in the courtroom and I’ll also be suing for trespassing on my property among other things. You people are going to learn one way or the other,” Rev. Nichols said.
“You people? What do you mean by ‘you people’?” Rev. Barnett said. “I do not appreciate the way you address me and my son. It just so happens that the people in my family are law-abiding, respectable citizens just as you and your family, so don’t you dare come into my business and disrespect me and my family with your words.”
Rev. Nichols started to turn red as he clenched and unclenched his fist.
“Are you getting ready to hit me?” Rev. Barnett asked. “Because if you are, I would advise you not to — especially on my property — and that is not an idle threat, but if you want to, I say ‘lay it on,’ ‘cause I can show you better than I can tell you.”
Rev. Nichols stepped towards the door. “Barnett, my property is my property and my daughter is my daughter, and I don’t want you people–”
“The name is Reverend–Reverend Barnett. Not ‘you people.’ And until you learn to address me in a respectful manner and tone of voice, I don’t ever want to see you on my property either. Good day, Rev. Nichols, and don’t let that doorknob hit you in the back.”
Athaliah had herself a good belly laugh after her husband told her about Rev. Nichols’ visit. “These white folks are something else. It’s time to move past the days of slavery, segregation, and all that mess. What in the world is Rev. Nichols holding on to those things for?” she questioned.
“Well, I understand where the man is coming from. There are some race issues involved, but he is just upset because his daughter had sex with a boy and got pregnant and messed her life up,” Rev. Barnett said. “The thing that has kept me calm is putting myself in his shoes. How would we feel if his white son had gotten our daughter pregnant and then ran off to college? Anyway, next time we speak with Grant we must tell him to respect Rev. Nichols’ wishes while his daughter is still living in his house. Right is right and wrong is wrong”
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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.