Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #360. Today we are reading chapter 51 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
It was noon when Dwight checked into the hotel. After getting a good five hours sleep he gave his wife a call before heading out to the Blessed Hope Community Church.
“I made it in safely. Pray that God would anoint me from on high and that His presence would be felt,” Dwight said to his wife.
“I will,” Rosalind said.
“How are the children doing? DJ didn’t seem too pleased that I could not take him with me,” Dwight said.
“Oh, he’s doing well. If he’s sad about not being able to go with you then he’s certainly not showing it. He’s trying to be the man of the house, ordering his sisters and brother around, shaking his crutch at them every chance he gets,” Rosalind said with a laugh.
Dwight laughed. “That’s my boy. He’s taking my words seriously. Anyway, I have to go. I don’t want to be late .”
“When will you be back?” Rosalind said. “I want to have a great meal ready for you when you come in.”
“It’s a two day concert, so hopefully I’ll be back day after tomorrow,” Dwight said.
After dinner was over with, Rosalind with the help of her two daughters, Rachel and Jessica, made enough buttered popcorn topped with home-roasted peanuts for them to snack on before going to bed. While the children were watching television, munching away at the popcorn and acting silly the phone rang.
“Hello, Deacon Saunders. Hold on a minute,” Rosalind said. She untangled the phone cord and stretched it as far as it could go toward her bedroom. DJ strained to listen to the phone call. He wondered why his mother was not conversing right there in the living room as she normally did.
“Yes . . . he made it in . . . day after tomorrow . . . alright . . . around ten ten-thirty is fine . . . just beep your horn once . . . Bye now.”
Rosalind hung up the phone. The light playful tone she had with them before the phone call turned into a more serious one. “Okay, children, wrap it up now. It’s already nine o’clock. You all have to be in bed and asleep by nine forty-five. Eat up. I’ve let you play around for as long as I can. Plus you have school tomorrow.”
“Awe, Mom,” Jessica and Rachel said.
“Dad would let us stay up longer if he was here,” Kennedy said.
“None of that. You won’t want to get up in the morning.”
“Oh, I always want to get up,” Jessica said.
After the girls were in bed, Rosalind helped DJ hobble to his room. After seeing him and Kennedy safely in bed, she went to her own room and shut the door.
DJ lay awake long after his brother had fallen off to sleep. He was watching his little black and white television even though he had the volume turned down all the way.
He thought he heard a car pull into the driveway. He thought nothing of the sound until he heard a single car horn blow. He heard his mother open her bedroom door and go to the front door. Shortly after, he thought he heard whispering as she walked pass his bedroom door. He heard his mother close her bedroom door again.
Curiosity drew him out of his bed. Leaning on his crutch, he peeked through his bedroom window. There was no mistake. Deacon Saunders’s car was parked out front. That’s strange. Dad’s not here, so what’s he doing here? He climbed back into bed in deep thought.
The same scenario was repeated the following night. DJ was greatly disturbed as he turned things over in his mind.
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Instead of staying over and pulling out for home early the next morning as he had originally planned, Dwight decided to drive on home after the second night of the concert. He was so energized from the uplifting time he had, he drove right on to Fairhope, stopping only once to stretch his legs.
It was after three when he pulled into town. He stopped by the church just to check on things. He swung by the radio station and chatted with Mr. Cunningham for a short while. He then hurried on home hoping to surprise his wife. As he swung onto the street his house was on, he saw a familiar car backing out of his driveway.
Deacon Saunders? That car looks like his. What is he doing here this time of night?
Dwight drove past his house and circled around the block once. He then drove by Deacon Saunders’s house to see him getting out of his car. Dwight drove by and after making the turn off the street, he slowly drove on home. When he got home the house was in darkness except for the front porch light.
When he entered his bedroom, his wife was asleep. She did not seem too pleased nor surprised when he awakened her. “Can we talk in the morning? I’m sure you’re tired and would like to get some rest.”
“I thought I saw Deacon Saunders leaving here,” Dwight said.
“At . . . what time is it?” Rosalind said glancing at the clock. “At 3:25 in the morning? Your eyes were playing tricks on you. Like I said, get some rest. You’ll be thinking differently in the morning.”
Dwight left the bedroom to check on the children. He awakened DJ. “I just wanted to let you know I made it in safely. Your mother told me you handled things like a man. I’m proud of you son.” Dwight turned to leave then as an afterthought, he sat on DJ’s bed. “DJ, by any chance was Deacon Saunders over here tonight?”
“Yes, sir,” DJ said with a yawn. “And he was over here last night as well.”
“What time did he come?”
“After Mom put us to bed.”
“Okay, son, you go back to sleep,” Dwight said to his son. “I’ll tell you all about the concert on tomorrow.”
DJ watched as his father left his bedroom, closing the door behind him and leaving him in semi-darkness. He lay awake in bed for a long time, thinking over the events of the last few days and wondering if things in his family were about to change for the worse.
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.”
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.