New Thanksgiving Book Regarding the Coronavirus Plague: Whyte House Family Spoken Novels Holiday Edition #50: Giving Thanks for Thanksgivings Past: No Matter How Wonderful Your Thanksgiving Tradition Has Been, It Will Come to an End, You Just Don’t Know When. But Precious Memories Will Make Those Thanksgivings Past Last Forever and New Ones Can Begin Chapter 2

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #50. Today we are reading chapter 2 of the book “Giving Thanks for Thanksgivings Past: No Matter How Wonderful Your Thanksgiving Tradition Has Been, It Will Come to an End, You Just Don’t Know When But Precious Memories Will Make Those Thanksgivings Past Last Forever and New Ones Can Begin” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Celestina Esposito took her husband’s hand and gracefully rose to her feet.
“Hooray for Mother!”
“You’re the greatest, Mother!”
The accompanying applause echoed out of the dining room and through the house.
“I thank God for each of you,” Celestina said. “Not a day goes by, especially this past year, that I have not uttered a prayer of thanks to God for each of you. Bear with me if I get long-winded in my words of thanks as I tell why I am grateful to God for each of you.” She shifted her weight to one leg.
“Let me begin by saying it encourages my heart to see us all gathered here, and I thank God for that. One or two of us should not have been here, but by the grace of God, we are here. First, I want to thank God for my dear husband.”
David’s eyes twinkled as his and his wife’s eyes met. Yes, the love was still there. He smiled. They went back many years, beginning in high school. A shaky start . . . But he won her over. And I’m glad I never gave up fighting to win her heart. These past years have been worth it all.

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“Class, this is Celestina Leeks. She transferred from St. Augustine High school in Michigan. Her family relocated here because of her father’s job. She will be joining the girls’ soccer team as well. Make her feel at home. Let’s give Celestina a warm welcome,” their homeroom teacher, Mr. McGlowski, said.
The class clapped as they sang their welcoming song: “We welcome you to our eleventh-grade class. We are the best. We welcome you to our eleventh-grade class. We-e-e are . . . the best!”
David’s voice rose well above the other students.
“We hear you loud and clear, David,” Mr. McGlowski said. Pointing to David, he continued, “Celestina, that’s David. He is determined to be the class clown, but we won’t let him.”
Celestina smiled as she took her assigned seat between Anna and Sandy, who became her best friends in high school and beyond.
Mr. McGlowski went through the preliminaries: news updates as it affected high schoolers, upcoming games both on-campus and off-campus, plays and other events put on by the drama club, the upcoming car wash to raise money for the class’ annual 3-day trip to a university’s opening/new-student-recruitment day or any special events happening in the community.
“Okay, if no one has anything to add, you’re dismissed, and remember, stay out of trouble and make me proud of you.” Some members of the class said “yes, sir” in response.
Students’ chatter filled the hallway as they made their way to their first class. Anna and Sandy lingered behind with Celestina as all three compared class schedules.
“Seems like we all have the same classes,” Anna said. “That’s good. We’ll show you the ropes. Come on. Let’s hurry so we won’t be late for our first class, which just happens to be biology which is one of my favorite classes. Mr. Sanko is a trip.”
“Well, hello, Celestina. Welcome again,” a voice greeted them as the girls exited the classroom.
“David!” Anna and Sandy blurted out.
“That’s my name and making pretty women comfortable is my game. Celestina, I would count it a pleasure to give you an all-out tour of this the best high school in town during our lunch break, and we can end that tour or begin the tour with a couple’s lunch date, meaning just you and me sitting at a table by ourselves,” David said.
“She already has a lunch date appointment as well as an all-out tour of the best high school in town,” Sandy said with a laugh.
Anna joined in the laughter as did Celestina.
“Don’t pay him any attention,” Anna said. “He thinks he is every woman’s dream.”
“David, keep your distance. Celestina’s not your type. Plus, she’s here to learn, not to flirt,” Sandy said, taking Celestina by the arm and steering her in the direction of their biology class.
“Hey, give me a chance,” David said. “At least let me escort her to her first class.”
“Nope. You’re all chanced out,” Sandy said. “Bye, David. We don’t want to be late for Mr. Sanko’s class. Every second in his class is worth it.”
David spent the next one to two years eyeing and vying for Celestina’s attention. He sent all kinds of messages to her using every available means.
David cornered Sandy and Anna one day when they were putting their things in their lockers. “Say, Sandy, can you please put in a good word for me and let Celestina know I’m very interested in her and would like for her to be my special girl?” he said to Sandy.
“David, Celestina is not interested in being your girl or anyone else’s girl for that matter,” Sandy said.
“How would you know? She’s never told me that,” David said.
“As if she would,” Sandy said.
“Anna, can you be our go-between?” David said. “You know how to do it.”
“David, Celestina is just not interested in any boyfriend/girlfriend thing right now.”
“That’s because she has not met me and gotten to know me yet,” David said. “Give her time.”
“You don’t have to worry about that. We’ve already given her the 411 on you,” Anna said.
“All good, I hope?” David said.
“Don’t count on it,” Anna said, walking away. “We have more important things to do than think about you.”
“Bye, David,” Sandy said.
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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.

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