DEARLY BELOVED: Donnie Lawrence, owner of Eternal Tranquil Chapel, is an over-the-top cliché. He’s having a mid-life crisis plus his mother keeps asking, “When are you getting married? I want grandchildren before I die.”
Coming out doesn’t help. Neither does blurting out the name before the groom-to-be knows.
Life changes for Donnie following the death of a child. Kumbaya Night, Inspiration through the Arts, featuring a drag queen gospel trio at Dearly Beloved, the local gay bar, furthers his transformation.
SECOND BLESSING: Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it. She explains, “A Second Blessing is more than just doing right. It’s the knowledge that you are pure. It’s not thinking of yourself better than others, though you are, or showing it, though you do, since it’s as natural as breathing. A Second Blessing is a gift shared with prophets of old and yet to come. It’s not just having my name written in the Book of Life, but engraved.”
Mildred knows this year’s revival will be a disaster. Francis Paul Day, an ex-junkie, is the speaker. Plus he has the same christened name as her dead beloved son! And he’s obsessed with her granddaughter! She is determined to keep them apart, but exposing him reveals a family secret.