PODCAST: Whyte House Family Novels Holiday Edition #86: “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” – Chapter 29

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #86. Today we are reading chapter 29 of the book “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Not much was said between Rev. Nichols, his wife and Paul as they listened to the local news channel for any clue as to Grant Lee’s whereabouts. Officer Campello called to inform them that they had a search party out looking for Grant Lee.

Natalie’s mind was filled with guilt. If I had not been so hard on Cassandra this probably would not have happened. If I had not taken out my guilt, my hurt, my anger, my disappointment, my failure on Cassandra this would not have taken place. Cassandra’s right. Because of what took place between me and Derek Johnson years ago, I stereotyped Grant.

“Are you alright, Mrs. Nichols?” Paul asked.

“Yes, Paul. Thank you for asking,” Natalie said. “Grant Lee’s my only grandchild and I love him so much.”

“I promise you I’ll take good care of Cassandra and Grant Lee once we get married. He’s like a son to me.”

“I know you will, Paul. You’ve already proven that,” Natalie said with a forced smile.

“Honey, why don’t you go check on Cassandra. She’s been up in her room for a while,” Rev. Nichols said to his wife.

Natalie found Cassandra asleep in Grant Lee’s bed with one of the letters in her hand. Her face was stained with tears. Natalie opened one of the letters and read:

Dearest Cassandra,

I trust that you and Grant Lee and the family are doing well. Things are going well here in Miami. I truly wish you both were here with me. As I expressed to your parents before I left, it is my desire to marry you so that we can truly live as a family and so that I can take care of Grant Lee. Some of the letters I sent you have been returned. Please let me know what’s going on. Christmas is going to be a little dark without you around. I love you both.

Grant B

 

Natalie took a deep breath as she refolded the letter and placed it back in its envelope. Derek Johnson never did anything like this and would never have done anything like this, a jealous voice said from deep within her. Natalie glanced at Cassandra’s finger; she was still wearing the commitment ring Grant had given her as well as the necklace. Instead of the locket, the cross with the diamond in its center was hanging from the necklace. Natalie smiled. She had never doubted Cassandra and Grant’s love for each other. How she wished Derek Johnson had returned her love for him.

Cassandra stirred as Natalie pulled the clothes out of one of the boxes examined them. What harm would it have done if I had let Grant Lee have these clothes? None at all. As she refolded each piece of clothing and set it neatly in the box, Cassandra opened her eyes.

“Mom, has Grant Lee returned yet?”

“No, not yet,” Natalie said. “These are fine clothes. Grant has good taste.”

Cassandra’s eyes opened wide. Those were the first kind words she had heard from her mother about Grant, and she felt they came from her heart.

“Cassandra, you’re right. I was prejudiced towards Grant. Could you please forgive me? You know,” Natalie continued, “it’s amazing how God allows you to re-live some of your own life experiences through your children to help you sort through things in your life and to help you face your own failures.”

Cassandra sat up with a puzzled look on her face.

Natalie spent the next hour sharing with Cassandra her past relations with Derek Johnson. “Cassandra, up until this day, I am still hurting over it, but I took it out on you and Grant Barnett, and that was not right. I did not want you to end up getting hurt as I did. I’d do anything to fix it right now. I don’t see how you can ever forgive me for standing in the way of your happiness for fourteen years.”

“Oh, Mother,” Cassandra said laying a hand on her mother’s trembling hands. “Of course, I forgive you. I wish you had told me this earlier. I would have understood. We could have worked it out.”

“To think I ruined fourteen years of your life—your best years. But when God begins to convict you about things, after a while you have to fix it,” Natalie said. “I’m trying to fix it right now.”

They hugged each other and shed more tears.

“Come on, let’s go downstairs and join your dad and Paul in prayer,” Natalie said. “Because I got things right with you, I feel in my spirit that Grant Lee will return to us safely and everything will work out fine.”

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“Grandpa, can you tell me all about my dad?” Grant Lee asked Rev. Barnett after Athaliah and Mrs. Mattie left to go home.

“Sure, Grant Lee,” Rev. Barnett chuckled. “He is something else. I knew he would be a great football player because even at two years old, he wanted to take a football to bed with him every night, and he would pitch a fit if we did not let him.”

Grant Lee and Rev. Barnett talked way into the morning when they left to go to the airport. They waited by the baggage area. Grant Lee was too excited to keep still.

“Say, Grant Lee, look to your left,” Rev. Barnett said to him after they had waited for a few minutes.

Grant Lee turned to the left to see his father, Grant Barnett, walking towards him. Grant Barnett dropped his travel bag and stood with open arms to receive his son—Grant Lee—the son he had not seen in fourteen years. Grant Lee sprinted the few steps between them and fell into his father’s arms.

“Dad! Dad! I can’t believe it. You’re here. You made it!” Grant Lee exclaimed.

Neither could Grant Barnett. He hugged his son tight not wanting to let him go. “Thank You, God,” he said over and over. “I love you, son. I love you so much.”

Rev. Barnett approached the two as he silently praised God. He would never forget the picture before him. He gave Grant a firm handshake.

“Thanks, Dad. Thank you so much. Thank you for hanging in there with me,” Grant said.

“You are more than welcome. Like I told you, when you take it to God in prayer and leave it there and just trust God, love God, fear God, obey God, and wait on God, He will answer your prayers and bless you more than you could ever imagine.”

Grant Lee nearly talked his father’s ears off. “Wait until my friends meet you. Can you get all of us tickets to one of your games, Dad? Are you going to marry Mom now, Dad? Paul is okay, but I want to live with you; and I think Mom would much rather marry you, and Dad…”

“Whoa, slow down, Grant Lee,” Rev. Barnett said with a smile. “Give your dad some time to settle in and get some rest.”

Grant Lee fell off to sleep on the couch next to his father as the adults discussed their next move.

“The next move is yours, Grant. Do you feel up to going over to see the Nichols tonight? Or would you rather get some rest and wait until tomorrow?” Rev. Barnett asked his son. “I am sure they are still up worried about Grant Lee.” Looking across to his wife, he said, “Athaliah, I don’t know if I told you, but this is a twenty-four hour stay. Grant has to return in time to play his last game for this year.”

“Which reminds me,” Grant said leaning forward to open up his travel bag. “I have a surprise for them and for you if you want to go — seven tickets to the game and plane tickets for everyone including Grant Lee and Cassandra.”

“Glory be!” Athaliah exclaimed. “Wait until Grant Lee hears about this.”

Grant handed the envelope with the tickets to the game as well as plane tickets to his mother. “Do you think Cassandra will come?”

“I tell you what, Grant, I’m not even sure what is going on with them,” his father said. “For Grant Lee’s sake, I’m sure she’ll try to make it. If she does go on with her wedding plans to Paul, hopefully they’ll at least let Grant Lee go to the game. We can only pray for God’s will to be done.”

“Say Grant, who are the other two tickets for?” his mother asked.

“Well, I kind of figured that Rev. Nichols and his wife might want to come,” Grant said with a grin. “I wasn’t able to get everyone on the same flight at such short notice, but I got everyone a round trip ticket. I figured Mom and Carolyn can travel back with me. Dad, you can come later the same day. Cassandra and Grant Lee can come the next day, and the Nichols can come the day before the game. It’s going to be tight but it should all work out.”

Rev. Barnett was silently praying and thinking. After leading the others in prayer, he said, “I believe the Lord would have us to take another route. At first I was going to have us all stop by the Nichols with Grant Lee and get to the bottom of this fourteen year long fiasco, but I sense the Lord leading us in another direction. It seems far fetched, but we don’t know the mind of God. Here’s the plan.”

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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.” 

 

  1. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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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