Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #221. Today we are reading chapter 15 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Aubrey screamed for Jamaal to get up. He lay motionless on the floor, blood splattered all around his head. When Jamaal didn’t move, Aubrey staggered into the living room to call for an ambulance. Before she reached the phone, however, a banging on the front door made her jump in surprise.
“Open up! Police,” a gruff voice sounded.
Dazed by what had transpired, Aubrey opened the door. The rush of cold wind made her feel light-headed. She wavered on her feet, and one of the police officers stepped in to catch her before she fell. Aubrey blacked out in his arms.
When Aubrey revived she was laying on the couch with her head resting on her mother’s lap. Police officers and crime scene investigators were taking photos and collecting evidence in the kitchen and the living room.
“Jamaal,” Aubrey rasped, her voice dry with exhaustion. “He’s on the floor in the kitchen. He’s bleeding.”
“Yes, we know,” Mother Jamison said gently, rocking her in her arms. She hesitated before she continued. “The ambulance left with him, but they called and said he had been declared dead on the way to the hospital.”
Tears flowed down Aubrey’s cheeks. “What? How?” she asked, her voice choking.
“He hit his head,” Mother Jamison said. “The police said it was blunt force trauma. You just rest now. We’ll lean on the Lord.”
“I need to call his mother,” Aubrey murmured. “She will want to know.”
Mother Jamison wrapped her arms around her daughter tightly. “I’ll take care of it. Right now, you need to rest.” She squeezed Aubrey once again and then got up to make the phone call.
A few minutes later, she came back to the couch. “She’ll be right over,” she said.
“I don’t want her to see me like this,” Aubrey said.
“Don’t you worry about a thing. I’ve already told her what to expect.”
Aubrey was too worn out to protest. She had a headache. When the police came in to question her about Jamaal’s death, Aubrey answered as best she could. The events of the past evening still seemed like a blur. She remembered eating pizza while talking to her girlfriends, and then her fight with Jamaal. She had pulled out the gun Jennifer had recommended she buy when Jamaal wouldn’t stop hitting her. But she knew she hadn’t fired a shot. The police informed her that they would be in contact with her. With the help of an officer, Mother Jamison moved Aubrey to the bedroom and soon she was sound asleep.
Mrs. McIntyre arrived thirty minutes later in an anguished state. “Where is my son? What happened to him?” she demanded.
Mother Jamison attempted to lead her to the couch but Mrs. McIntyre insisted on standing. “Where is Aubrey? I want to know what happened,” she demanded.
“Aubrey just went off to sleep,” Mother Jamison answered firmly. “It has been a long, tough night for my daughter and she has gone through a lot lately. It is true they were fighting and your son, Jamaal, hit his head. He was declared dead.”
Mrs. McIntyre buried her face in her hands as sobs shook her body. Mother Jamison wrapped her in a tight hug.
A few hours later, the two women were both seated in the den as Mrs. McIntyre opened up to Mother Jamison about her son. “I loved Jamal so much, but I just could never really understand him after he entered his teenage years. He was so bitter and angry over his brother’s death. He blamed his father, he blamed himself, and he blamed me. As much as I apologized and did everything I could to make it up to him…for some reason, he never got over it. I think his obsession with video games was him trying to relive those fun memories he had when he and his brother played together. His alcohol problems started in college. It was like an escape for him. He was trying to escape the pain. I told him many times it would lead to his death if he didn’t stop.” Mrs. McIntyre said with a faraway look in her eyes. “Now look what he’s done to himself…and to Aubrey.”
“Don’t beat up on yourself,” Mother Jamison said. “I had an uneasy feeling about their marriage from the jump. This is not to say my daughter was perfectly innocent in all this. I had to speak with her a few times about her behavior as well.” Mother Jamison shook her head with some regret. “I had a mind to stop the wedding. But I didn’t go through with it. Now I wish I had, but then they would have probably run off and gotten married. I could not risk that.”
“He hardly contacted me after the marriage,” Mrs. McIntyre told her.
Mother Jamison nodded. “It’s so sad how his life ended—so young and with so much potential.”
After a few moments of silence, Mrs. McIntyre asked, “I don’t want to impose my belief on you, but are you a Christian, Mother Jamison?”
“Oh, yes. I have been saved for some twenty-five years now. My faith is what carries me through times like this.”
“Well, praise the Lord! I asked because I hate to say this, but I am beginning to believe that God took my son early because he was not living in a way that was pleasing to God. He accepted the Lord into his life at eleven. He knew better. But, after his brother’s death, he hooked up with the bad crowd in high school and he refused to act better.” A far away look came into Mrs. McIntyre’s eyes. “My husband and I made sure that he and his brother were in church every Sunday. After his father died, it was as though I did not exist anymore. He disrespected me in every way possible. I lovingly shared with him his need to give up his hurt and anger and allow God to heal him, but he would not listen.”
“I feel for you,” Mother Jamison said, giving Mrs. McIntyre another hug. “Let’s go check on Aubrey. She should be ready to eat something, and I am sure you are hungry as well, Mrs. McIntyre.”
“Please, call me Angelina.”
If Mrs. McIntyre was shocked at Aubrey’s bruised appearance, she showed no signs of it and patted her on the shoulder.
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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.