Oprah Winfrey knows God is responsible for all her success.
This week, the 61-year-old media mogul told a Stanford University audience at Memorial Church, “I
grew up believing that I was indeed, for sure, God’s child.”
Winfrey’s reflections on faith, gratitude and love were shared with over 1,000 students, faculty and staff
during her “Harry’s Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life” speech. It is an annual address that honors the
late Stanford Law School Professor Harry Rathbun and is sponsored by Rathbun Fund in partnership
with the Office for Religious Life.
As a little girl attending weekly Sunday morning worship services, Winfrey said, “I’d always sit on the left-
hand side, the left pew on the second row, and I would listen to the preacher preach about ‘the Lord they
God is a loving God,’ and sometimes he would say ‘the Lord thy God is a jealous God.’ But most
importantly, I heard him say, ‘you are God’s child and through God all things are possible.’”
According to Winfrey, the small, modest facility with no electricity or running water was the place she
first received a bigger vision for her life.
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