Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #227. Today we are reading chapter 21 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
A stronger bond formed between Mother Jamison, Aubrey, and Mrs. McIntyre after Jamaal’s death. Friday afternoon after Mother Jamison returned home and after Aubrey returned from her job assignment at Katrina’s which lasted a half day, they both stopped by Mrs. McIntyre’s home for a short visit.
“We were concerned about you,” Mother Jamison said, giving her a hug. “We just wanted to stop by and fellowship and pray with you.”
“Thank you so much. By God’s grace and strength I am making it,” Mrs. McIntyre said as they seated themselves around her kitchen table. Chuckling she said, “My mother always told me nothing makes for great fellowship like sitting in a warm kitchen around the kitchen table with a cup of mint tea or coffee and a homemade Danish. Tea or coffee anyone?”
Mother Jamison and Aubrey agreed to coffee. All three had coffee sweetened with maple syrup and they used condensed milk as a creamer. Mrs. McIntyre served Danishes.
“How have you been doing, Aubrey?” Mrs. McIntyre asked as she poured the coffee.
“I have been doing quite well,” Aubrey replied with a smile.
“I’ve heard my pastor, Pastor Givens, say more than once something like this: that sometimes in death we are drawn closer to one another,” Mrs. McIntyre said. “It’s strange, but I somehow feel closer to my son even though he’s dead and I know his death has drawn us closer together.”
“Yes, Sister, I know exactly what you mean,” Mother Jamison said.
“You know, I have no doubt that Jamaal was saved, but he allowed that root of bitterness and anger over his brother’s death to eat him up. He started consuming lots of alcohol after his father’s death. I believe he was sneaking and drinking before that. Anyway, I kept warning him that if he did not change his ways, and that if he continued in his sins, God was going to either cause some tragedy to come upon him, or God was going to take him home early. My husband warned him constantly about his disrespect towards me after his brother’s death and how that God was not going to take it lightly. He did not take us seriously. We earnestly tried to warn him that he would reap what he sowed.” Mrs. McIntyre took a sip of her coffee before continuing. “He almost lost his life once drinking and driving. He lost control of his car. The police found the car wrapped around a telephone pole and were amazed he came out of it alive and with hardly any scratches. I told him that that was God showing mercy towards him and warning him at the same time, but he only scoffed at that.”
“Jamaal’s not the only one to go that route,” Mother Jamison said. “Some of the young people now-a-days think they have years ahead of them, and like Samson, they play around with sin, taking God for granted, thinking God is not going to chastise them and they will live on for ever, and then without notice they die an early death. Their philosophy of life is serve the devil and myself, party hard while I am young, and then when I am old and decrepit begin serving God. I say to them, what a wasted life. Why take God for granted? The Bible says today is the day of salvation because no man knows when death will come upon them.”
“A very wasted life,” Mrs. McIntyre agreed.
“If they just follow what the preacher says in Ecclesiastes 12:1 and 13 they will be alright. Quote it with me, Aubrey. Your Daddy and I taught it to you.” Aubrey quoted the verses as best she could remember them. “‘Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them…Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.'” Aubrey stumbled a little because she had not really applied those verses to her life over the years. “That is all we have to do,” Mother Jamison said. “Fear God and keep his commandments.”
“And His commandments are not grievous,” Mrs. McIntyre added.
“No, Sister, they are not.”
Aubrey enjoyed listening to the older women expound on the Word of God. She realized how much she missed kitchen table discussion of the Word of God.
Mrs. McIntyre continued, “Many think because they are a Christian that God is going to let them get away with their sin. They forget that God is like a father. Your father warns you and warns you and gives you time to get yourself together; but then after so many warnings he pulls out the switch. Me and my siblings got so many whippings,” she chuckled. “It was not pretty then, but it sure kept us in line and out of a lot of trouble.”
Aubrey listened intently while eating her danish.
Mrs. McIntyre excused herself to answer the doorbell. It was her pastor, Pastor Givens and his wife.
“Hello, my sister, we came by to check on you and to pray with you,” Pastor Givens said. “But if you have visitors we’ll come back another time.”
“Come on in,” Mrs. McIntyre said after giving Sister Givens a hug.
“You won’t be disturbing us at all. This is Jamaal’s wife, Aubrey, and Aubrey’s mother, Mother Jamison. I don’t know if you remember them from the funeral.”
“Yes, I remember you both,” Pastor Givens said, reaching out to shake their hands. “If there is anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to call us.”
“Have a seat, Pastor and Sister Givens. Let me pour you both some coffee,” Mrs. McIntyre said, reaching for the coffee cups out the cupboard. “We were just here fellowshipping and talking about how God cuts short a Christian person’s life if that person refuses to live for Him.”
After pouring the coffee, she reached into a desk drawer set off in the right corner of the kitchen and pulled out a Bible. “I was reading and meditating on this just last week when I was searching for an answer as to why my son died so early in life. Here in Hebrews chapter twelve and verses five and six in particular, it says, ‘My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.’ God is going to discipline all who claim to be His.”
“That’s right, Sister McIntyre,” Pastor Givens said. “Let me borrow your Bible, Sister, I feel a sermon coming on,” he said with a smile. “It goes on to say in verse nine how that ‘we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us…'”
“The old school way,” Sister Givens said.
“That’s right,” Mother Jamison agreed.
“You know, Aubrey, my Daddy would say ‘whipping’; he said chastisement was too soft and fanciful a word,” Mrs. McIntyre said smiling. “He’d say, ‘Girl, if you don’t get your act together I am going to give you the whipping of your life.’ Every whipping was the whipping of my life.”
“But after they corrected us, we gave them reverence; we obeyed them.” Pastor Givens turned back to the Bible. “And that is all our heavenly Father is doing with us. A lot of Christians don’t understand why they are having problems and things don’t seem to be working out, but it’s just God chastising them for their disobedience. Why? So that ‘we might be partakers of His holiness.'”
Turning to Aubrey, Pastor Givens said, “Sister Aubrey, God was chastising Jamaal; God was whipping him to get him back to the place of obedience, to get him back in church, to get him back to serving God. From what Sister McIntyre shared with me he stopped going to church, he was rude to her and he was mistreating you. God warned him by delivering him from a near-death car accident, by allowing him to lose his job; you all almost lost your home from what I understand; and even by his mother and others talking with him. I even sent a letter to him sharing these same verses with him. Apparently he did not take heed to any of these warnings.”
“Was this a few months back?” Aubrey asked him.
“Yes,” Pastor Givens answered.
“Mmm, I remember seeing him reading a letter and I asked him what it was about, but he took it into the kitchen and burned it up and told me not to worry about it. To this day, I am still wondering what that letter was about. I wonder if that was it,” Aubrey said thoughtfully.
“You know,” Mother Jamison said, “I ran into him at the gas station one day; he tried to act as though he did not see me. I managed to get a few words in to him before he pulled off. Anyway, I told him he needed to get back to going to church, to stop the drinking, and to go in for counseling, and that he needed to get his anger under control before something terrible happened to him. I told him to take my words as a warning from God.”
“Mother, I did not know you talked with him,” Aubrey said surprised.
“I sure did. I had to say something to him because I know what God can do to you if you continue in disobedience,” Mother Jamison replied.
They all nodded their heads as Sister Givens continued the conversation. “You know, it says here in Ephesians chapter six, verses two and three, that children should obey their parents. It says, ‘Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.’ That is a promise, and I believe the breaking of that commandment by disrespecting one’s parents is what is leading many young Christians to an early grave.”
“What comforts me is the thought that I will see him again some day,” Mrs. McIntyre said. “Aubrey, don’t let your life get to that point. Always respect your mother, and always fear God, be obedient to God, love God, and serve God and be sensitive to His Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart.”
Mother Jamison appreciated Mrs. McIntyre’s words to Aubrey. She was glad for the open conversation they had and she hoped that Aubrey would take heed to all she heard.
The conversation shifted to the upcoming court date. “With getting ready for the funeral and the numerous phone calls that keep coming in from family and friends and people visiting and everything I almost forgot, a lawyer by the name of Charles McGuinness, called me early Wednesday morning asking me to testify in court on behalf of my son. He’s a friend of Quintin Rodney. He said some female friend of Jamaal by the name of Destinee Roberts was filing murder charges against Aubrey. He says she is stating emphatically that Aubrey murdered Jamaal,” Mrs. McIntyre said. “The lawyer wants me to testify on behalf of my son as to the kind of son he was and his mental state and all that. I was going to remain neutral at first, but I think I need to take the witness stand.”
“We understand, Mrs. McIntyre,” Aubrey said. “Mr. Rodney did tell us on yesterday that Destinee Roberts was filing charges claiming I killed him and that it was a planned murder. We’re just praying for God to bring the truth to light.”
“Whatever happens, Aubrey and Mother Jamison, I want you to know I love you both,” Mrs. McIntyre said. She closed her eyes for a few seconds as she attempted to stop her lips from trembling.
Mother Jamison reached across the table and laid a hand on Mrs. McIntyre’s arm as tears slipped through her closed eyes. Aubrey felt a few of her own tears fall as she reached for the napkins, handing some to Mrs. McIntyre. Pastor Givens was right: Nothing can draw people together like shared tragedy.
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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.