PODCAST: Whyte House Family Novels Holiday Edition #75: “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” – Chapter 18

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #75. Today we are reading chapter 18 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Natalie felt in her spirit that Grant Barnett had something to do with Jake dropping off the gifts and letters, but she kept her thoughts to herself. Two days after the funeral, she went up to the attic where she had hidden all correspondence from Grant to Cassandra over the past two years. She copied down Grant’s mailing address. This letter to Grant should put a stop to everything, she thought as she sat before her typewriter to type the letter. Short and to the point, she reminded herself. 

Dear Grant Barnett,

I hope this letter finds you doing well. Cassandra and Grant Lee are doing great. We heard about the death of your friend, Jake. Our condolences to you. 

I am writing this letter at this time to inform you that Cassandra will be getting married soon. She tried to get in touch with you but was unable to. Now that I have found your address, I will pass it on to her. You should be hearing from her soon. Being that you had ceased keeping in touch with Cassandra, we felt you shunned your responsibility to her and to your son, so we told Cassandra that it would be best for her to go on with her life rather than waste her best years hoping for something that will never happen.

I am sure you will be happy to know that she will be marrying someone who is mature, responsible, disciplined, and hard working, and who will be and already is a great father to Grant Lee during these critical years when he needs his father in his life. With her getting married, there is no need for you to try to keep in touch with her anymore, even for Grant Lee’s sake. As I stated, her husband will be a great father to Grant Lee whom he already loves and adores. I wish you all the best.

Mrs. Nichols

Natalie sealed and sent the letter registered mail.

Grant was very hurt after he read the letter. He felt now more than ever that Jake lost his life for nothing. How could Cassandra do him like that, when both had promised to remain true to each other, and if either of them were unable to, they would let the other know? He angrily pulled his ring off his finger and, after turning it around for several seconds, tossed it on his bed. So much for that, he thought.

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The days turned into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into years. Before anyone really thought about the years, twelve of them had passed.

Cassandra spent another year living with her parents. She accepted her father’s offer of a position at his bank. When Grant Lee was three going on four, and after Prudence had returned home to California, Cassandra moved out to live on her own — not too far from her parents’ home. She got tired of their — especially her mother’s — constant scrutiny. She tried to keep up with Grant by stopping by the restaurant every now and then for some soul-food, which Grant Lee loved as well. Every once in a while she visited Mt. Shiloh. She did not tell Grant Lee who his real father was fearing that Grant would not stay true to his word.

Grant Lee grew to be mature beyond his years. He was a loveable child. Football became his passion and he looked more and more like his father each day.

Rev. and Mrs. Barnett always had a kind and encouraging word for Cassandra whenever they saw her. Her inquiries about Grant grew less and less as the years went by. She had just decided to remain true to her promise to him, trusting God for the final outcome. But even though she had good intentions, unable to stand up against her mother’s prodding anymore, she consented to marrying Paul Nielson, a member of First Baptist Church. Although her heart was not one hundred percent with it, she forced herself into thinking Grant Lee needed a father after fourteen years of not having one. But, even at that she always kept hope alive that Grant would return — hopefully before she and Paul would be married.

Rev. Benjamin Nichols felt guilt rise up in him every now and then, as the thought of his part in Jake Seymour’s death still plagued him. He still was not sure what exactly happened the night of his death, and would never know as Tucker Klipspringer had died of a sudden heart attack a couple of months afterwards. As for Jimmy, he had no idea who he was.

Natalie Nichols, at every turn, tried to talk Cassandra into marrying and not waiting for Grant. “You’re pining away and wasting your young life. He’s not staying true to his word, just like I tried to tell you.” She introduced Cassandra to just about every possible suitor there was in the church, inviting them over for dinner on the Sundays Cassandra and Grant Lee would come by.

While in his last year of college, to his great delight, Grant Barnett won the Heisman Trophy. Once he left Miami, he played for the Denver Broncos, leading the team to the division championship in his first two seasons before being drafted to play for the Oakland Raiders. He was still with the Raiders when he received the disturbing phone call from his father four days before Christmas Day which he felt for sure would be another bleak holiday.

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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.