Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #110. Today we are reading chapter 2 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
It was almost eleven when Jonathan and Monica pulled out of the Montague’s driveway to head back to Oklahoma. They prayed several times in the six hours it took to reach their destination.
“I don’t know what’s going to meet us once we get to the church in the morning, so be prepared for anything,” Jonathan told Monica.
After Friday’s incident with Cam and Kirby in Kirby’s office, Jonathan had encouraged Kirby to go home and tell Kristy everything that had ever taken place between him and Sandy.
“Or any other woman,” Jonathan said looking him in the eyes. “Is she the only one?”
Kirby nodded. His face winced as the pain vibrated through his head. Leaning his head against the back of his chair he closed his eyes.
“Are you sure?” Jonathan asked.
Kirby shifted the ice pack down to his cheek.
“Kirby, I’ll stand with you as long as you come clean and confess not just to your wife, but to the entire church. You’ve kept this a secret for too long; you have got to come clean before the entire church. If I were you, I’d do it before Cam blows it all up. And believe me I do not put that past him. I saw a desire for revenge in his eyes.”
After about an hour they parted ways. Kirby drove home slowly with much trepidation. Kristy greeted him at the door as he fumbled with the lock.
“What happened to you?” she asked reaching out to help him into the house.
“Put the kids in their room then meet me in the bedroom,” Kirby said trudging past her.
By the time Kristy got to the bedroom Kirby was reclining on the bed with his legs crossed at the ankles. His eyes were closed. An open aspirin bottle lay next to him. Kristy offered him the glass of apple juice she brought up for him.
“Thanks. Just set it on the table.”
Without opening his eyes he continued speaking slowly and deliberately.
“Your speculations about me and another woman are true. Whoever left the message on the answering machine about Sandy was telling the truth. I have had an on-going relationship with Sandy for over a year now. I did see her the weekend of the ladies’ conference. Anyway, we got involved with each other more than a year ago, and she gave birth to a baby boy, my son, Solomon. Only Cam knows about it. That’s the reason Cam took his family and left the church.”
“Wait a minute,” Kristy said. “I do not understand the words ‘got involved with each other.’ I understand ‘had sex with each other’ better. Is that what you are trying to tell me?”
“I see,” Kristy said bitterly.
“Let me finish,” Kirby said with his eyes still closed. “I have been paying Cam to keep quiet. As far as I know, Mitzie knows nothing about it.”
“Where have you been getting the money from to pay Cam? I have not noticed a dip in our bank account.”
Kirby pursed his lips together. “I have asked the deacons in private for more money to be placed in our special projects fund under the pretense that since our ministries are growing, we need more funds. They also gave me a raise, which I never told you about …”
“…and I also opened up a separate bank account which the extra money from the raise goes into by direct deposit so you would know nothing about it.”
“I see. Now how does that explain that mess on your face? I mean, who did this to you?”
“Cam. He had told me to leave Sandy alone—never to come near her at all and that if I did, I would pay severely. I thought the money would keep him quiet, so I kept on seeing Sandy. Last Christmas when I told you I had a meeting in Texas, I did not have a meeting; I spent a couple days with Sandy. Anyway, Cam found out I was still seeing Sandy and he paid me a visit…”
“Seems like he paid you more than a visit,” Kristy smirked. Kristy stared at him for a full minute. “How could you, Kirby? What is it in our marriage that is so bad you could not keep our bed undefiled? Open your eyes and look at me, Kirby.”
When Kirby opened his eyes, Kristy was standing over him. Her arms were folded across her chest.
“Why couldn’t you have just stayed in your own bed, Kirby?” Kristy asked. “As distasteful as this marriage has been over the past few years, I have not hopped into someone else’s bed. So why could you not do the same?”
The corner of Kirby’s mouth twitched.
“I knew something was going on. I could not say with who. The sad thing about this is I don’t believe Sandy instigated it; I believe you initiated this whole mess. Now look at your face. Where’s your dignity? Where’s your self-esteem? What kind of man of God are you?”
Kristy let out a dry chuckle.
“What makes this whole thing worse is how you get in the pulpit and preach against adultery, preach against husbands and wives not getting along, preach on how we ought to stay true to our marital vows, and you preach with such fervency against these things, and yet, you have succumbed to every one of those things you were preaching against. Did you try preaching to yourself before preaching to the people?”
Kirby opened his mouth to respond.
“Shut up,” Kristy said. “I’m preaching now. How could you do this to me? To the church? To our children? You’ve been living a lie all along. Why did you have to drag your behind out there and mess with a minor? Don’t tell me I am already too old for you.”
Kristy’s angry frank words surprised him.
“Your age has nothing to do with it, Kristy,” he said lamely.
“Then what is it? Ten years is not enough time for you to settle down in the marriage? I never thought I would live to see the day you’d tell me you had sex with another woman—no, not another woman—a little girl.”
Kristy continued, careful not to let her voice rise so that the children wouldn’t overhear.
“I tried to be a good wife. I sacrificed so you could get this church going. I put up with a lot of disrespect from jealous women in the church. But you threw all that back in my face.”
“Don’t talk like that, Kristy.”
“Then how am I supposed to talk? I did not want this for my children. I did not want this scar on my marriage.” Kristy shouted. “Now you want to drag your pitiful looking self in here and tell me ‘don’t talk like that’.”
“It was time for you to know,” Kirby said sitting up on the bed.
“No, Kirby. It’s past time for me to know. It should have never happened. Just remember, I’m no fool,” Kristy said taking a couple steps back. “I. Am. No. Fool. You think it’s time for me to know because you got busted. You are being forced to tell me before I hear from someone else. Cam was right to beat you up. The only thing is, I wish he had beaten you to within an inch of your life.”
Kristy walked out the door and began to cry.
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.