The Grace and Glory of Oprah

I watched Oprah’s final show yesterday–now knowing what to expect.  Unlike the previous two shows on Monday and Tuesday, in which it seemed the whole world showed up to thank her for her 25 years on the air, the final show was an understated, quiet “you’re welcome” from Oprah to her audience.

She wore a simple salmon form-hugging dress that had a bit of a sash-like thing sewn in at the waist–a subtle suggestion of minister’s sash/Mama’s apron.  Totally appropriate for the role she has adopted, or the role that others have bestowed on her, throughout the years.

For perhaps the first time, she took the platform to say once and for all, explicitly with her own words and not drawn out through her questions with guests, what her guiding principles are, and what she believes to be true about the souls of each and every one of us.

She doesn’t have a divinity degree, and she has probably not spent much time at an ashram, and for all I know she is not a regular church-goer.  But her commitment to her calling, and her success in pulling people up spiritually and emotionally and physically speaks to the truth of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.  You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. — From The Drum-Major Instinct, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oprah has served, and she has conquered.

She said it has all been done through the grace of God, and she closed her show with the words, “To God be the glory.”

Oprah says that her guiding principle is the spiritual equivalent of Newton's Third Law of Motion

Thank you, Oprah, for showing so many of us that we count, that our every thought and action reverberates through the Universe with an equal and opposite reaction (that is, it comes right back to us), and we have a special place on this Earth, simply because We Are.

God grant that we may all find our callings, as Oprah has so clearly found hers.


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