Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #74. Today we are reading chapter 19 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.” – (Proverbs 22:11)
Ron and Debbie Campbell were very happy to be a part of the church family at New Mt. Zion. Even though they were a mixed couple, this did not seem to cause a problem with any of the members. Sister Campbell, having her Master’s Degree and working towards her Doctorate, was hired as the Assistant Director for New Mt. Zion Christian Academy. She was a trusted employee that often times led the day-to-day operation of the school.
She also filled in as a twelfth grade teacher for one year. The thirteen twelfth grade students proved to be an exciting but challenging group. One child proved to be an extra challenge. Trey was from a single parent home. His mother, Mrs. Caldwell, insisted on enrolling him at the school, because as she said, “He needs to be surrounded by good people.”
Trey was on suspension pending possible expulsion from his previous school when his mother transferred him to New Mt. Zion Christian Academy.
“He never used to be like this,” Mrs. Caldwell shared with Sister Campbell who had expressed some reservations about enrolling Trey in the school because of the negative report from his previous school. “Please give him a chance,” his mother pleaded. “His daddy just up and left and he has not been the same since. I’ll be honest with you, Sister Campbell, he needs some help. This church school is my last hope. Please help me with him.”
Sister Campbell’s heart was touched and she took Trey in knowing that it was not going to be easy. Trey took great pleasure in terrorizing the girls. One day he brought in a lizard and threw it across the classroom, as the girls scattered from their desks to avoid the flying reptile. He was always instigating fights among the boys. He even threatened to “pull a knife out” if they bothered him. The vulgar language that came out of his mouth shocked the teachers. He constantly disturbed the class, especially during morning prayer and Bible reading times. “God don’t care about me so why should I care about Him,” he said walking out during one of the Bible studies.
“I’ve done all I know to do with Trey,” Sister Campbell shared with Sister Wilmington who was now working at the school as advisor and counselor. “We are his mother’s last hope. We’ve got to do something for them.”
“He’s a handful,” Trey’s mother shared with Sister Wilmington. “He used to hang with his dad before his dad left. Now he hangs with hoodlums off the street. I try to keep him in the house, but he just comes and goes as he pleases. I get worried about him.”
“Does he ever talk about his father,” Sister Wilmington asked.
“He used to ask if he was coming back. Now it seems he is filled with bitterness towards him for leaving. He told me once he hated his dad. But he’s also told me that he sometimes wishes his dad was with us again.”
“What kind of family life did you all have before your husband left? I mean what caused your husband to leave?”
“We started out as a happy family even though our families did not want us to get married,” Mrs. Caldwell began with a faraway look in her eyes. “You see, my husband’s white and with me being black, both of our families felt this would add unnecessary stress to our relationship. They were right. We were negatively treated just about everywhere we went—even in the churches we attended. We thought our love for each other would bring us through, but my husband was not strong enough to handle the racial slurs often directed towards us, especially from church folks. He made things worse by clamming up about everything. After a while, he began to mention divorce. I was against it. Then he started drinking and getting verbally abusive. He shoved me a few times. Trey would sometimes catch us fighting.”
Closing her eyes, she continued. “One night, my husband did not come home; neither did he come the next night. It’s going on two years now. That’s when Trey’s behavior took a turn for the worst. I just don’t know what else to do.”
Sister Wilmington shared this exchange with Sister Campbell and thought it would be good for her and Brother Campbell to fellowship more with Mrs. Caldwell and Trey since they were a mixed couple as well. They encouraged Mrs. Caldwell to begin attending New Mt. Zion as she was still seeking a permanent church home. Sister Wilmington now knew the direction she should take with Trey.
“Trey, tell me about your dad,” she said after asking him to come to her office during the lunch period one day at school.
“Ain’t nothing to tell. I don’t have a Dad. I thought my Mama already told you that.”
“Yes, you do have a dad. Come on, tell me about him,” Sister Wilmington said.
“He’s white.” Trey clammed up after that, and all attempts by Sister Wilmington to get him to open up failed.
Later that week, Trey told Sister Campbell that he hated white people and that he was going to hurt her. This placed everyone on alert. Pastor Richardson took a special interest in Trey who was often sent to his office whenever his behavior got out of hand. “I have no problems out of him,” he told Sister Campbell. “I believe he just needs his father back in his life. We will pray towards that end.”
Brother and Sister Campbell often invited Trey and his mother over for dinner. Once Trey got up and walked out in the middle of the meal. “I just took a walk around the block,” he told them nonchalantly when he came back in.
Sister Wilmington patiently carried on the counseling sessions with Trey. She had seen this kind of behavior in children caught in the middle of a custody battle or other family issues. “Trey, your Mom shared with me how that your dad just walked out without saying goodbye,” she said.
“Yeah, he never came home. He never came home. He cussed my Mama so bad and then left. He cussed her because she’s black. She can’t help it if she black. He say he should have never married her, and that she caused problems for him, and then he left. He left my Mama crying. He did not even say goodbye.” Trey started to cry. Sis Wilmington had finally broken past his hardened exterior. “He…just left…He did not even say goodbye.”
“It’s okay to cry, Trey. It will do you good.” Sister Wilmington said feeling that healing could now begin to take place.
Trey tried to stop crying before he went on. “We had it good for a long time, then he started fussing at everything. He started drinking. He even fussed at me when I didn’t do something. Then he went crazy—cussing and breaking things like a mad man. Then he left. Mama says that’s what happens when you hold anger and hurt inside of you.”
Sister Wilmington smiled. “Do you hate your dad, Trey?”
“Sometimes I do. But I still love him and I miss him too.”
“Do you think your Mama hates him?”
“Nope. She tells me she’ll always love him and she prays for him and hopes he comes back. I hear her cry sometimes when she thinks I’m not listening, but since we started coming to this church, I hear her praying more, and she tells me to do the same.”
“Do you believe God can fix it all, Trey?”
“My question is, why did God let it happen in the first place?” Trey said.
“Trey, God allows things to happen to help us change and to make us better, so that we will become more like Him.”
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.