PODCAST: Whyte House Family Novels Holiday Edition #71: I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas Chapter 14

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #71. Today we are reading chapter 14 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Cassandra decided to visit Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church without her parents’ knowledge.

“Grant Lee needs to know about his other side of the family. Plus, they may have heard from Grant. I have not heard anything from him for a while now,” Cassandra said to Prudence as they headed in the direction of Mt. Shiloh.

“What are you going to tell Aunt Nat and Uncle Ben if they ask what you’ve been doing all day?” Prudence asked.

“I’ll tell them the truth. I am not violating their rule. I am not meeting up with Grant.”

They arrived at Mt. Shiloh at exactly 11:00 to find the praise and worship team leading in the singing and offering up of praises to God.

“First Baptist Church cannot top this,” Cassandra whispered to Prudence.

“Let me raise my hand like everybody else,” Prudence said with a smile as she lifted her hands in the air.

About thirty minutes into the praise and worship time, Rev. Barnett took his place at the podium. The congregation fell silent as he led them in prayer. Athaliah Barnett who was sitting in the choir box, slipped her husband a note: Cassandra and Grant Lee are in the crowd.

After the preaching, Rev. Barnett made a special announcement.

“Sisters and brothers, I don’t mean to keep you here longer than is necessary, but I feel led of the Lord to do this especially as we draw closer to the Christmas season, so bear with me a little longer. It’s been a long time since we had a baby dedication. I want all parents with children under four years of age to bring the little ones to Jesus. Come on up to the front so that I can offer up a prayer for them.”

Cassandra looked at Prudence who nodded at her to go ahead. Cassandra shook her head no.

“You don’t have to be a member of our church. When Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children to come unto Me and forbid them not,’ He did not put a limit on who could come. So I invite you to bring all the little children to Jesus.”

Athaliah, the pastor’s wife, left the choir box and went down to where Cassandra sat with Grant Lee. “Come on,” she motioned with her hand.

Athaliah gave Cassandra a hug as she escorted her to the front.

“Give a round of applause for all our little children here today. These are the ones who will be leading this church, our community, and this nation in a few years. I’ll ask my wife to stand here so she can hand me the babies. I know she will love that,” Rev. Barnett said smiling with his wife. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.”

Rev. Barnett prayed over each child for God’s blessing and protection to be on them as he made a sign of the cross with anointing oil on each child’s forehead.

Athaliah took the sleeping Grant Lee from Cassandra and handed him to her husband. “Here’s a big one for you, Pastor.”

“Jesus loves all the children,” Rev. Barnett said as he anointed Grant Lee’s forehead, “no matter the race or color.”

Mister Briley and Mrs. Mattie nudged each other as Rev. Barnett prayed over Grant Lee.

“Most gracious heavenly Father, we do thank You for loving us in spite of ourselves. We ask that You put an extra covering, an extra blessing upon Grant Lee Nichols. And, Lord God Almighty, as You lead him through the vicissitudes of this life, I pray that he would learn to look to You. I pray that he would fear You, love You, honor You, obey You, and be faithful to you all his life. Amen.”

“Amen!” the congregation said.

Rev. Barnett walked in front of the pulpit still holding Grant Lee. “Let me leave you with these words of Jesus Christ: ‘Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.’ Come and greet these parents, love on them and encourage them because you know parenting is not easy. Amen? You’re dismissed.”

Mister Briley and his wife made their way up front to greet Cassandra, Prudence, and Grant Lee.

“Miss Cassie, it’s a surprise seeing you ‘ere. Dis is my wife, Mattie. An’ how are you, Miss Prudence?”

Both Cassandra and Prudence hugged Mrs. Mattie. “We love you so much.”

Mrs. Mattie made her way over to Rev. Barnett. “Let me see dis little fellow you seems to be protectin’,” Mrs. Mattie said with a smile.

“Yes, I’m protecting him, Mrs. Mattie,” Rev. Barnett said with a laugh. “This little fellow is my grandson.”

“I sees the resemblance now,” Mrs. Mattie said. “Bless you, little ‘un. God bless you.”

Cassandra’s eyes filled with tears. She felt genuine love and knew she had a family at Mt. Shiloh for life. Her heart was even more overjoyed at the good news she heard about Grant.

“Grant sends his love,” Athaliah said quietly to her. “He’s wondering why he hasn’t heard from you. Just about all the letters he’s sent you have been returned.”

“I will have to look into that,” Cassandra assured her taking Grant Lee from his grandfather.

Jake Seymour stopped Cassandra as she was about to exit the auditorium to enter the vestibule. 

“Hey, Cassandra, wait up. I have a message for you from Grant,” he said slipping her a letter. “I was going to drop it off on my way home from church. You just saved me a trip.”

Cassandra tore the letter open as soon as she got into the car. “Listen, Prudence,” she said reading the letter aloud.

“Cassandra, my love, I hope all is well. I miss you so much. I am sorry our contact has been so erratic, but I want you to know you are still my number one. By the way, do you have a new address? Most of the letters I have sent to you have been returned marked ‘undeliverable as addressed.’ If nothing happens, I should be home for Christmas this year. Could you meet me at the restaurant on Christmas Eve around eight? My father told me that your father told him I could not stop by any more or have any further contact with you. I don’t think that is right considering Grant Lee is my son. Anyway, I hope it will all work out. Remember, Christmas Eve at eight. Much love, Grant.”

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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.” 

 

  1. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.