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.
“I literally took him at his word, so that, by the time I had to leave my grandmother, because she became ill and I was sent to live in Milwaukee with my mother, who had two other children, I got beat up on the playground, because when people would ask me, ‘Who’s your daddy?’ I would say, ‘Jesus is my daddy. Sometimes he’s my brother and God is my Father.’”
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine