Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #388. Today we are reading chapter 28 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children Book 2” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Dwight looked out the front door for the third time.
“Have any of you seen or heard from DJ?” he asked the rest of the children.
“No, Dad,” the girls said.
“What about you, Kennedy? Wasn’t he on the school bus?” Dwight asked. “He went to early practice this morning so he had to have been on the bus coming home.”
“I don’t remember seeing him,” Kennedy said.
“Where could that boy be at this hour?” Dwight said reaching for his keys that were on the side table. “I’m going to ride through the neighborhood to see if I can find him. You children want to come?”
“We’ll stay here in case he turns up,” Rachel said.
“I’ll ride with you, Dad,” Kennedy said.
Dwight backed out of the driveway and drove slowly up the street heading toward the school.
“Can you remember him saying anything about doing something after school—maybe some after-school event or maybe something with the football team? They didn’t go somewhere to play and he forgot to tell us, did he?” Dwight asked.
“No. Nothing that I know of,” Kennedy said. “I know he’s been talking about getting a job lately. Who knows. He may have gotten one.”
“You may be right. I vaguely recall him saying something about getting a job back when he got his license, but I didn’t take him seriously,” Dwight said.
“Well, you know him. He’ll get up and do things and let you know about it afterwards.”
“Where do you think he may have gotten a job?”
“Beats me. Probably at Burger King or at the donut shop where he likes to hang out everyday before and after school,” Kennedy said.
Dwight drove by the donut shop. DJ was not there. He drove by McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, but he was not at any of those places either.
“I just hope nothing has happened to him,” he said as he pulled up into the grocery store parking lot. “Let me check in here.” As Dwight and Kennedy walked down each aisle greetings of “Good evening, Bishop Jacobs,” “Great preaching on Sunday, Bishop,” “How’s first lady Rosalind doing?” met him.
“Love is what it is,” Dwight said to Kennedy. “Loving people is what will make or break your relationship with them.”
After inquiring about DJ’s whereabouts with some of the baggers, Dwight and Kennedy left the store.
“You could try Sonic, Dad,” Kennedy suggested.
He and Kennedy walked into Sonic and were about to ask for the manager when they spied DJ in the back wearing a Sonic cap and shirt. A smile crossed Dwight’s lips as he watched his son. That’s my boy. Working like a man, he thought proudly. After a few minutes he asked one of the workers to let DJ know he was there.
“Hey, Dad,” DJ greeted his father with a grin.
“Son, I know I should be mad with you for not telling me you got a job, but I’ll leave it alone. I’m just glad you got a job and that you’re working like a man. I like that.”
“Sorry, Dad. But I just started today. I put in the application three weeks ago. They hired me yesterday and wanted me to start today,” DJ said.
“You could have called me at the house or at the church,” Dwight said. “That would have prevented needless worrying.”
“Sorry, Dad. I didn’t think to,” DJ said.
“What time are you getting off?”
“At nine-thirty. I’ll be working from four to nine-thirty Monday thru Friday and from four to closing on Saturdays.”
“Well, it’s almost nine-thirty. We’ll just wait for you in the car,” Dwight said as he greeted some of the customers and employees.
“Yes, you should have seen him,” Dwight said to Rosalind when she got in later that night. “He’s carrying himself like a man and taking on responsibilities. Went and learned how to drive. Went and got him his license. Went and got him a job.”
“He did all that behind our backs,” Rosalind said.
“I really want to say ‘Like mother, like son,’ but his is not sinister like yours,” Dwight said. “He’s just independent and likes to get up and go. He has that get-it-done mentality. He likes to see results before he let’s us in on what he’s doing. I’m cool with that as long as it’s nothing bad.”
“He certainly didn’t get that mentality from you,” Rosalind said.
Dwight sighed. “Can’t you be happy for our son? He’s growing up as are all the children. You can’t keep hanging on to them. We have to accept that.”
“Well, he’s still at that age where he needs to let us know what he’s doing,” Rosalind said.
“I tell you the truth. You just can’t be happy about anything you don’t have a say in, can you?” Dwight said.
“I heard you got a job,” Rosalind said to DJ the following morning while they were at the breakfast table. “How are you going to juggle going to school all day, football practice, then putting in five or so hours each day at Sonic, plus church activities?
“I’ll manage,” DJ said.
“If you had told me you were interested in getting a job I could have gotten you one at the Post Office. They are always looking for people to work in the mail room,” Rosalind said.
So you can watch me and control me, DJ thought.
“You could work less hours and the pay’s even better,” Rosalind continued.
“I’ll think about it,” DJ said. “I think I hear the school bus.”
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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.