PODCAST: Whyte House Family Novels Holiday Edition #88: “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” – Chapter 31

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #88. Today we are reading chapter 31 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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The day of the game arrived. The crowd was in a frenzy. Grant Lee was beside himself. Cassandra was just as excited as her son. Rev. Nichols and Natalie remained quiet.

The crowd was talking and laughing in anticipation of a great game between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins. Fans painted in the colors of their team gulped down hotdogs, fries, and sodas as they waited. Late comers were scrambling to their seats. Cassandra and Grant Lee sat next to a Raiders fan. “That’s my dad, number seven,” Grant Lee said proudly to the man sitting next to him.

“Say what?” the man said reaching across to shake his hand. “Pleased to meet you. That Grant Barnett is something else.”

The Barnetts and the Nichols cheered along with everyone as the players jogged on to the field. As the referee flipped the coin, the crowd fell silent. The kicker from the Redskins kicked the ball off, and the game began.

Grant Barnett twisted his ankle during the second quarter and had to sit out the third quarter. By that time, the Redskins were leading by a few points. Grant Lee looked disappointed but joined the crowd as the Raiders’ fans started shouting, “GB! GB! GB!”

Grant Lee and Cassandra chanted along with the other fans. Cassandra kept glancing back and forth between the exit through which they had taken Grant and the big screen. She hugged Grant Lee. “He’ll be back,” she kept telling him but more to convince herself. The Barnetts who were sitting behind them, tapped them both on the shoulders. “He’ll be back. He’s a fighter,” Athaliah said.

“The famous Grant Barnett, number seven, is back on the field,” the commentator said as the screen zeroed in on the tunnel entrance to reveal Grant Barnett jogging onto the field.

“Yeah!” shouted the crowd in a wild frenzy.

Grant Lee jumped to his feet. “Go, Dad! Go, Dad!”

Grant Lee, Carolyn, and Cassandra shouted until they were hoarse as Grant Barnett made a pass to the wide receiver who ran to the end-zone for the winning touchdown for the Raiders.

“That’s my boy,” Rev. Barnett shouted.

“He’s one of a kind,” Rev. Nichols agreed quietly.

“We’ll stay right here until the crowd thins out,” Rev. Barnett said as the crowd started to chant, “GB! GB! GB! We love you!”

Cassandra beamed with pride as she watched Grant jog across the field congratulating his team members. He lifted his hand up to Heaven, giving God the glory as the camera zeroed in on him.

Rev. Barnett hugged his wife and daughter. Rev. Nichols hugged his wife. Cassandra hugged Grant Lee.

 

Grant Lee? Cassandra? She made it! She made it! “Yes!” Grant shouted as he noticed them on the huge screen. He then sprinted towards the tunnel that led to the locker room. He was compelled to return to the field after spending some time with his team rejoicing. Glancing around the stands, he saw his family and the Nichols walking towards the exit. Cassandra happened to look back. She waved. Grant returned the wave. “Yes, Lord, I am willing to give her up, if that’s Your will,” he silently prayed.

 

Both families returned to the hotel. “I’m giving Grant time to get with us,” Rev. Barnett told them as they all prepared to go to their individual rooms.

 

“It seems like the Nichols enjoyed themselves,” Athaliah said to her husband once they got to their room.

“I believe so. I am so glad they came,” her husband replied as the phone rang.

“Dad, it’s Grant,” Carolyn said handing the phone to him.

“Hey, son, you did it again. Congratulations, and I’m glad you gave God the glory,” Rev. Barnett said.

“He’s what it’s all about,” Grant said.

“Well, do you want to go eat something now or do you want to talk and clear things up with the Nichols?” Rev. Barnett asked. “I can get everyone to come to our room; we can all fit in here. By the way, thank you for the suite.”

“You’re welcome, Dad. Give me about fifteen minutes and I’ll be over there.”

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“Natalie,” Rev. Nichols said after they got to their room, “what the Barnetts did for us these past few days shows genuine love. We have wasted fourteen years letting our past control us and, quite frankly, acting like old-fashioned racists. We need to apologize to them and especially to Grant, Cassandra and Grant Lee.”

“You’re right,” Natalie agreed. “Now is as good a time as ever.”

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“Mom, wasn’t that a great game?” Grant Lee said to his mother. “And wasn’t Dad great?”

“He sure was.”

“Do you think we will see him tonight?”

“I don’t know,” Cassandra said. “He might need to get some rest. He played hard today, plus he probably has his ankle in bandages right now.”

Grant Lee thought for a while then said, “Mom, I wish you would reconsider and marry Dad. Paul’s an alright person, but I want to live with my real Dad.”

“We’ll see, Grant Lee.”

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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.