Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #384. Today we are reading chapter 24 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children Book 2” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
When Sunday morning arrived, DJ was in the back row of the choir, not singing with all his might and definitely not making a joyful noise.
This is ridiculous. Sitting here with all these people staring at you with fake grins on their faces. I can’t even go to sleep like I want to, DJ thought. He started to slouch in his seat but quickly sat up when he caught his mother eying him with raised eyebrows and a warning look.
Yes, ma’am, I’ll sit up straight and sing to my heart’s content, he thought as he eked out a smile. He shifted his gaze to the young ladies standing in the first two rows of the choir. Sway those hips, Jennifer. You, too, Lenora. What a view! I guess it’s not so bad singing in the choir after all.
The congregants called for an encore.
You can have all the encores you want, DJ thought as he shifted his eyes from one set of hips to the other. Too bad it must come to an end, he thought as his father stood before the microphone to preach.
Because they had a packed house, the choir members remained in the choir loft. DJ occupied his mind observing the folks sitting in the pews.
You folks are riding on emotionalism. This is all chaos and confusion, he thought as one gentleman started to shout before Bishop Jacobs even finished reading the Scripture verses. The gentleman tried to run down the aisle between the folding chairs that had been placed down the middle aisle to accommodate the crowd.
“I’m a runnin’ for my Lord!” the gentleman kept shouting. “I got my runnin’ shoes on cause I’m a runnin’ for my Lord.”
If I were you, I’d be a runnin’ out the door, DJ thought.
One heavy-set woman started to hop in place with her head bobbing up and down and shouting. The crowd urged her on. Three women dressed in white suits and white gloves surrounded her with outstretched arms. DJ looked across at his brother who was vigorously striking the drums. The other musicians were playing with all their might.
DJ looked on with amusement as the woman fell out on the floor. The women in white had to call two of the ushers to carry her to one of the classrooms. DJ tried not to smile as they seemed to be struggling with the heavy-set woman. I sure would not want your job, he thought.
Rosalind took the microphone from the Bishop as she was increasingly doing each Sunday to give her ‘word from the Lord.’
Oh, boy, DJ thought as he watched his mother march across the podium, encouraging the congregants to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
“Pick up those tambourines and make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” she declared.
This is what prolongs the church service. Talking all that fluff that we can all do without. Why can’t she be quiet and let Dad preach his thirty minute sermon and let us all get out of here? Ya’ll know the Dallas Cowboys are coming on, DJ sighed.
He breathed a sigh of relief at the last ‘Amen’ and started to make his way out of the choir box, but was intercepted by Jennifer.
“Hey, DJ. It’s good to have you singing with us again,” Jennifer said.
“It’s good to be back,” DJ said.
“Why are you in such a hurry?” Jennifer said.
“I’ve got stuff to do,” DJ said. “I’ll see you at school tomorrow.” He sidled through the crowd as quickly as he could and joined up with some of his friends outside. They took off for the basketball court. After about an hour of playing, he said good bye to his friends and headed home.
Oh, man! I can’t believe you people are still here, DJ moaned as he walked up the driveway of his house. The front door was wide open and he could hear laughter and talking coming from inside. He tried the side door and the back door. Both were locked. I guess I have no choice but to use the front door.
“Good evening. Good evening,” he said as he made his way to the kitchen hoping there was still some food left for him.
“Hey, DJ,” some church folk greeted him.
“Where have you been?” Rosalind asked entering the kitchen behind him.
“I went to play basketball,” DJ replied opening the refrigerator to get a can of coke.
“I told you you cannot just take off without letting us know where you’re going, and especially when we have guests.”
“I can take care of myself. Where’s the food?”
Rosalind fixed his plate while fussing at him the whole time. “I don’t know what it is with you, boy. You have no respect at all. You still think you can come and go as you please and think you can just walk in and demand food which you did not even help to bring in.”
Mildred Magan walked in with some dirty plates which she set in the sink.
“Hey, DJ. I didn’t know you were here,” she said.
“That’s because he was out playing basketball when he knew I wanted him home, especially since we have guests,” Rosalind said handing DJ his plate. “Now go sit in the dining room. No, you cannot eat in your room. That’s the punishment you get. And don’t say another word.”
DJ looked towards Mildred, but Mildred shrugged her shoulders. He took his plate and pulled up a chair against the wall next to the hallway planning on making his exit as soon as he could. He listened to the others talking.
“I tell you what,” Deacon Saunders was saying, “my arms are still hurting from lifting up Sister Dinah to take her to the back. She must weigh over two hundred and fifty pounds. She was stretched out as stiff as a board. And guess what? I tried to take her purse out of her hands to give it to one of the mothers, but that woman gripped that purse so tight, I began to wonder if she was truly slain.”
She was probably faking it like most of you do, DJ thought.
“Some of these women just want us men to lift them up,” Deacon Mullins said laughing. “I thought my knees were going to buckle under me. No offense, but some of these church members need to push away from the table.”
“Some don’t need to go to the table at all,” Deacon Saunders said as they laughed.
Look who’s talking, DJ thought as he observed Deacon Saunders bulging stomach.
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.