Six Brown Chicks correspondent Toni Spearman covered the MegaFest 2013 for us this year, and the assignment became a life-changing experience. Here's her account.
More than 50,000 people from all over the world that gathered in Dallas recently to celebrate the world’s largest family fun festival, the MegaFest.
I had never seen anything like it before as this was my first MegaFest experience.
MegaFest 2013 hosted Oprah’s Lifeclass, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show (with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash), the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship and empowerment sessions for men, women, young adults and children.
Undoubtedly, it was the experience of Oprah’s Lifeclass that blessed me the most at MegaFest 2013.
Of course, I thought it would be the Woman Thou Art Loosed service that would shake my foundation, or meeting of Bishop TD Jakes, face to face that would make me weak in my knees. Although those moments will never be forgotten, it was the palpitation of my heart in that Life Class that caught me off guard.
I didn’t plan to cry or to feel or remember, but I DID! I related more than I imagined.
The topic was about fatherless children. I grew up with my father in the house but I raised my own children most of their lives as a single mother. I thought I was the bomb, being able to wear the hats of both mom AND dad.
But I realize today, that no matter how good of a parent/provider I was, I could never replace my children’s fathers. I’M NOT A MAN! And children need their dads, or if not biological, they desperately need a father figure or a surrogate dad, explained Bishop TD Jakes.
I cried, Oprah cried, and thousands of women cried at the realization of the absence of fathers in our homes today.
But the moment of awakening came when young men in the audience stood up with their dads and shared stories of reconciliation.
The crowd exploded!
I left feeling refreshed and blessed because although my children’s biological father(s) are not in their lives, God put a strong, loving man in my life who adores and raises my children as if they were his own. Thank God for biological, adopted, and surrogate fathers.
Thank GOD for REAL men!
Toni J. Spearman is an author, editor and Life Coach in West Texas. Follow her on Twitter @ToniSpearman1
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