Serita Jakes, wife of popular televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes, was visibly brought to tears last Wednesday as she listened to Allison Jean, mother of Botham Jean, talk about how she has been drawing strength from Scripture since her son was shot dead inside his Dallas apartment by local police officer Amber Guyger last month.
The emotional moment was captured in a recording of Jean addressing the audience after receiving the Lady of Grace award from Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, during the God’s Leading Ladies gala at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Master Class conference.
“When I received the email from lady Serita Jakes informing that I would be honored with the Lady of Grace award for the attitude which I displayed following my son’s death, I pondered long and hard about receiving it. This has been a most trying period for my family. The year 2018 dealt us challenges of health, accident, unemployment and now this deadly blow of my beloved son Botham,” Jean began.
From the very beginning of Jean’s speech, Serita Jakes appeared to wrestle with deep emotion. The pastor’s wife, squinted, shook her head and gingerly tried to wipe tears from her eyes before she appeared to simply give up as she listened to Jean thank God for His grace through her pain.
“The words of Brother Paul in I Corinthians 12:9 resonates when he said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ I’m therefore humbled by this outpouring of recognition during this most grievous time and I wish to thank Rev. T.D. Jakes and lady Serita Jakes and the administration of Potter’s House ministries for such an honor bestowed upon me,” Jean who also received a donation of $10,000 to assist her with expenses as she seeks justice for her son’s death.
Fulton, whose 17-year-old son was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012, also praised Jean for allowing her “light to shine in even the darkest times.”
“This year’s recipient of the Lady of Grace award is walking in shoes I know too well. This grace walk she is on is tireless and demanding, with too many questions and often with too little answers. We come together this day to honor a woman who in the face of a mother’s worst nightmare, has handled each moment and interview with elegance and grace. She is allowing her light to shine in even the darkest times,” she said.
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Source: Christian Post