At Torch Legacy Publications, we strive to target the Christian community and especially the urban Christian community with positive, inspirational messages through our novels. We hope these stories will not only make you laugh, learn, and maybe even cry, but also grow in God. After you read the last word, we want a piece of the story to stick with you and add positivity to your life. In this episode, you are listening to “….And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop – Book I” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
“Is Dad home yet?” asked Monica.
“He came in and took a shower, ate and left again. Said he had extra work to do; his boss asked him to fill in.” Monica waited for her to continue. “Let me pick up some ice cream. I need something sweet and cool tonight. I could just go ahead and do the shopping but I think I’ll wait ‘till tomorrow. How about you?”
Monica’s mother ran her fingers through her shoulder length curly black hair that gleamed a tint of red as an oncoming car light cast its beam on her hair. Mrs. Montague was born and raised in St. Kitts.
“Ice cream sounds good to me,” answered Monica. “Well, what happened with Dad? He’s been working quite a bit more lately.”
“I started to protest. I don’t know what kind of computer job calls you in after hours. He said something about special delivery times and packaging the computers. Sounds kinda fishy to me but I have never known your father to lie to me.”
Both settled on butter-pecan ice cream as they pulled into the convenience store around the corner from the house.
“Did he say anything about our plans for tomorrow?” Monica asked.
“As an afterthought. He says to tell you he’ll have to cancel but he’ll make it up to you.”
Both drove home in silence. “Tell me about the new assistant pastor and his family,” her mother said once they settled down.
“Mother, they are the greatest. The pastor’s name is Dwayne. His wife’s name is Jacqueline. They have three children: Jonathan, whose finishing college; Janice, she’s getting ready to begin college; and James is still in high school. They seem like the perfect fit for our church.”
“I’m glad to hear that because I am going to prepare a meal for Sunday’s fellowship dinner that will knock them off their feet.”
“That’s not all. I had to almost pull Stacy away from Jonathan before she started drooling all over him.”
“Say what?” Sis. Montague replied as she started to laugh. “I don’t know what we are going to do with that girl. You just be careful.”
“Don’t worry, Mother. I’ll be careful,” said Monica as she filled her mother in on the events of the evening ending with, “And don’t you worry about Dad. Like the Bible says, ‘All things work together for the good.’” Monica kissed her mother good night. “I think I’ll sleep in tomorrow…if Stacy does not call me too early.”
“Go and get some rest. I’ll be going early to the store. I may wake you up before I go. Let’s pray before we turn in.”
After a short word of prayer, Monica kissed her mother good night again, and went on to her room.
Monica softly closed the door to her bedroom. She had decorated it herself. The walls were of a soft pink hue dotted on one side with bright pink and white petals. The other side held pictures and a few trophies she had won at school competitions and church activities, including certificates she had received. A student desk holding a computer along with a bookshelf and a floor lamp occupied the space on the third wall. There was a walk-in closet in the fourth wall where her bed stood with a bedside table and a small reading lamp. Seeing her bedroom was at one corner of the house she had two sets of windows through which she was able to see the sun rising each morning in the distance. That often helped to get her day started right.
Before Monica got in the bed, she paused to look at herself in the mirror. Her beautiful, olive colored skin was a mixture of her mother’s West Indian Creole complexion and her father’s darker skin.
Being more tired than what she thought, she quickly slipped into her cotton nightgown and lowered herself beside her bed to pray again before turning in for the night:
I thank You for a great day. Help me to get into the nursing program at TCU. I don’t exactly know what is going on with Dad’s job, but You do. I pray that You will keep him safe and make it so that he can be home every Friday night and every Saturday. And, Lord, I love You. Help me to always do right.
As an afterthought, Monica added: Oh, Lord, help Stacy to keep her head on straight and not get boy crazy. Amen.
We hope you enjoyed this episode of Torch Legacy’s “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop – Book 1”. In closing, let me remind you that God loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for your sins. John 3:16 says, “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.” If you are not yet saved and would like to be, all you have to do is pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart today and He will.