Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #70. Today we are reading chapter 13 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Rev. Barnett wasted no time in calling Grant the next day. He shared with him the conversation he had with Rev. Nichols.
“Grant, I think it is best for you to put an end to all contact with Cassandra at this time,” his Dad told him.
“I can’t do that, Dad,” Grant said firmly. “Grant Lee is my son and I have every right to see him and to keep in touch with his mother whenever I deem it necessary. It’s not like I’m over there everyday. I’m not even in the same state. All I want to do is be able to call Cassandra up and talk with her about our son, and to see him on special occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter. Is there anything wrong with that?”
“No, son, and I understand, but Cassandra’s father does not see it that way.”
“I mean, Dad, I left him a signed note that I would take care of my son and that I accept full responsibility for my son, and that I wanted to marry Cassandra,” Grant said. “Any man in his position I think would be happy to hear that.”
“Grant, I understand, but right now, he only sees Cassandra as his daughter living under his roof.”
“Yes, but she is nineteen years old getting ready to turn twenty—an adult and capable of making her own decisions.”
“Yes, Grant, but as long as she’s living under her father’s roof you have to respect his wishes,” Rev. Barnett said. “Anyway, I can’t allow Carolyn to drop off any more packages or to deliver any more messages. He’s threatening to sue us for trespassing if he sees any of us on his property.”
“What if Cassandra were to stop by the restaurant for any messages or gifts I send to her?” Grant asked.
“I wouldn’t do that either, Grant, and I am not going to allow that. Rev. Nichols wants no contact whatsoever as long as she’s living under his roof.”
“Well, then, I will tell her to find her own place and I’ll help her to pay for it,” Grant said adamantly.
“Calm down, Grant,” Rev. Barnett said firmly. “The Bible says ‘the discretion of a man deferreth his anger.’ Grant, I know you are upset at this, but I would advise you to use discretion in this matter and not get angry. Pray about this situation and leave it in God’s hands. He sees the whole picture. Only He knows why the Nichols are acting the way they are acting. There might be more to this than what we are seeing on the surface.”
“It’s not right, Dad, and you know it.”
“Whether we think it’s right or not, we are going to to respect Rev. Nichols’ decision,” Rev. Barnett told his son. “And we are going to stay away from his daughter because I sure do not want us to end up in court. This situation could get blown out of proportion.”
“The Bible says to ‘trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path.’ It also says to ‘seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,’” Rev. Barnett said. “Grant, God knows you want to do the right thing and the right thing to do right now is to respect Rev. Nichols’ wishes and pray about it and let God change his heart. Our going against his wishes will only make him stand firmer in his decision. Okay, son?”
“Okay, Dad,” Grant said reluctantly. “But if this was to end up in court, couldn’t we get a lawyer to fight this thing for us?”
Rev. Barnett chuckled. “We already have a lawyer—God, and nobody can top Him.”
“You’re right, Dad,” Grant replied.
Grant chatted with his mother and sister before hanging up the phone. In spite of the conversation he had with his father, Grant was still thinking of how he could have some contact with Cassandra. This is just not right, he kept thinking. By the end of the week, he decided he could not wait on God through prayer; he was determined to do something about it.
“Jake. Jake Seymour, what’s been happening? I haven’t heard from you in a while. What’s up?”
“I have been around,” Jake replied. “I’m getting ready to start my own business. My uncle pulled some strings for me and I have some government funding coming in. Next time you return home, I’ll be sitting like a king in my executive office.”
Grant laughed. “I knew you’d make something of your life.”
“So how are things down there in Miami? Are you getting ready to hit it big in the NFL soon?” Jake asked.
“I hope so. Things are going quite well now and I’m training hard. Anyway, I was wondering if you could do me a favor. You remember Cassandra Nichols, my girlfriend from high school?”
“Yeah, I remember her. I’ve seen her around a few times with the baby. She doesn’t come out much.”
“I need for you to do me a favor. I lost contact with her somehow. The letters I’ve been sending her have been coming back to me without a forwarding address. I need to keep in touch with her for the sake of our son. I just need for you to be the go-between for us—you know—give her any messages I have. Give me your address and I’ll correspond with her through you. Is that all right with you?”
“Sounds like an easy enough job,” Jake said. “She lives on the rich side of town in that brick mansion set back from the road. I remember us swinging by there one time to pick Mister Briley up from where he does his gardening.”
“Yes, that’s it. Mister Briley does gardening at the Spanish looking house next door,” Grant said. “I’ll pay you well for your troubles.”
“Stop right there. That’s what friends are for. Only one question,” Jake said. “Wouldn’t it be easier if your mother or sister did this?”
Grant sighed. “That’s it. Cassandra’s father does not want to have anything to do with our family. To be honest with you, he does not want me to have anything to do with Cassandra, but I have to do the responsible thing and keep abreast of my son’s well-being. You don’t have to have any contact with Cassandra—just drop off the letter or card or package that I will send at the door and then disappear.”
Jake laughed. “So you’re asking me to spy a little and play detective. What if her parents…?”
“You can do it during the night time when they’re asleep.”
“I hear you. I’ll help you out,” Jake said. “You can reward me by going pro and bringing home a lot of money.”
“I appreciate it, Jake. I’ll call you back to let you know when I’ve sent my first message.”
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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:
- 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.”
- Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.