Building a long-lasting relationship between two people who are romantically involved and in love isn't always fairy-tale easy. Dr. Angelou talks with Denise Jackson, wife of country star Alan Jackson and author of It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, about saving her marriage by finding God. Dr. Angelou also talks with the Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani—who lead the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco—about keeping their love strong by serving others.
Denise says that she and Alan were high school sweethearts who married young and devoted much of their adult lives to Alan's country music career. In 1998, their marriage was in trouble and Alan moved out of their home for four months, Denise says. She says that she didn't know how to bring Alan back home, so she turned to God for help and ended up finding herself, saving her marriage and writing an inspiring book about the ordeal. "It's a story about forgiveness and about restoration and how our relationships are worth fighting for," she says. "When we can get to the point of being able to forgive, then restoration can come and the new relationship can be better than ever before."
Cecil and Janice have been serving their community for more than 40 years—today, they give away more than 3,000 meals a day to the poor and homeless through their church in San Francisco. The couple is well known for their work and they were recently featured in the film The Pursuit of Happyness.
While they say their relationship is caring, understanding, compassionate and full of romance, they also say that serving their community has become an extension of their love for each other. "I believe we have had a romance with our community for 40 years," Janice says. "That is why we can still find laughter in the dirt and grime, we can still find beauty in the kind of ugliness that poverty brings. … I believe that is what has sustained us."
Printed from Oprah.com on Monday, December 9, 2013