The dictionary meaning of Jade could well have been drafted for the character of Jade Goodymost of us would have recognised a year or so ago- “a horse, esp. a worn-out, worthless one a loose or disreputable woman a rare a saucy, pert young woman.” The reality TV star who burst onto our screens as part of Big Brother was branded a racist, stupid, hedonistic young woman who s outside the Uk.- more hated than loved. The last few months have changed all that as this remarkable young woman, who died early this morning, allowed us all into her journey to death. She made a pending tragedy a life and hope-filled experience a personal gift to all of us that may just help thousands of others cope with death and loss. Jade led a powerful courageous last few months which have shone with life, love, tears and emotion and touched the nation and thousands of hearts. Like millions of others, I never met Jade yet through the media thought I knew this 27 year-old woman as well as many members of my own church. Her open and powerful Christian witness took my breath away and hopefully has inspired Christians unsure about discussing their faith with friends and relatives to share the hope that is in us. The most famous reality TV star of our generation has helped make Jesus famous to a generation who will never encounter him through church, school or any other means. Reality TV plucked Jade from obscurity and made her a star, and that star is shining bright as a witness for Christ- the person she believes she is now with and the one who will take care of her family.
Why not offer up a prayer on this mother’s day for Jade, the loving mother, for her Christian witness and the two beautiful boys she leaves behind. post your prayer by lighting a candle here: http://www.rejesus.co.uk/site/module/post_a_prayer/