Bishop T.D. Jakes: The Christmas I was broke, nearly homeless and full of despair

December 19, 2020

This Christmas season presents an opportunity for all of us to learn that good things can come out of bad times


On a cold, overcast December morning nearly 40 years ago, I hopped on a bus near my home in suburban Charleston, West Virginia and headed uptown to tackle a difficult task.

It was just a few days before Christmas and I was literally at the nadir of my fortunes. I’d been laid off in the midst of an economic downturn and my unemployment was running out.

My car had been repossessed a few weeks earlier. We had no money for food or rent. The prospect of homelessness loomed.

Clearly, buying toys or other gifts for my children that Christmas was out of the question.

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