This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday.
The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor “cradles” in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to “stick together.”
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, “That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family.
Since Jakes’ father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother’s death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, “I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely.”
The Potter’s House pastor also notes the origin of the family unit in the Bible, both the “exceptional and dysfunctional,” and deems it ” … the first institution ordained by God.”
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