Article By Monica Graves:: EEW Magazine News
Many people have become desensitized to negative statistics facing today’s youth, but First Lady Serita Jakes, wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes, clearly has a soft spot for this generation.
During a Mother’s Day sermon at The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX Sunday, the usually stoic and reserved 58-year-old cried while sharing the odds stacked against children, teens and young adults in our society.
Her pointed message titled, “God will pull them out,” began with a string of uplifting testimonies about how God had miraculously delivered her and the Jakes children from specific adverse circumstances.
The congregation was on its feet, cheering and shouting. But soon, the celebratory tone changed as the focus shifted toward a much heavier subject matter, specifically, this lost generation, needing help and guidance.
“Most discussions on youth have focused on issues such as drug abuse, crime, violence, sexuality and poverty. And in addition to these, if that wasn’t enough, today’s youth are faced by new challenges,” Mrs. Jakes noted in a quivering voice, with tear-stained cheeks.
“Our youth are facing an identity crisis. Who am I? They have lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem, thinking I am worthless. They have a sense of hopelessness.”
At one point, redirecting her attention toward young children living in impoverished homes, she said, “Breaks my heart to look in those babies’ eyes and see the pain on their faces. You wouldn’t believe it.”
After sharing negative statistics with the enrapt congregation, Jakes looked up toward heaven and asked God to please pull the youth out of trouble. Overcome with emotion, a few times, she seemed to struggle to get her words out.
Before ending her sermon, she did not miss the opportunity to give attention to the Nigerian school girls captured by Islamic militant group Boko Haram last month. Repeatedly, while marching across the platform as if in a trance, Mrs. Jakes chanted, “Bring Back Our Girls!”
Last year, on Mother’s Day, she preached “I Came To Ask God Why,” based on Matthew 15:21-28.
Her message zoned in on the humility and great faith of the Canaanite woman who sought Jesus to heal her daughter who was possessed by a demon.
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