There are some true powerhouse vocalists who came out of American Idol. One of these is Jennifer Hudson, who sings “Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There” for a tear-filled audience.
Jennifer now has a talk show called the Jennifer Hudson Show. At the start of the video, she goes up to an elderly woman in the audience. She asks how she is doing and says that she is a lovely butterfly and finds out that her name is Marilyn.
Jennifer asks how old Marilyn is, and she responds 82. The audience cheers for Marilyn. Jennifer says that she heard Marilyn had a question to ask her, and Marilyn responds that she does. She would like Jennifer to sing a gospel song for her today.
The two discuss and decide that Jennifer will sing “Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There.” Jennifer shares that her grandma used to sing that. As Jennifer is standing there with this elderly woman, she begins to sing with such beauty and confidence.
She holds Marilyn’s hand as she sings this gospel song to encourage her. Marilyn joins along, and the audience members have tear-filled eyes. Jennifer’s voice is absolutely stunning, and hearing her proclaim the name of Jesus on television is thrilling. She stands there unashamed, singing about the Savior and the promise of heaven through Him. At the end of the song, she strongly embraces Marilyn in a big hug and the crowd stands cheering. It is completely emotional.
I love how this elderly woman who is likely closer to heaven wants to hear this song and reflect on what Jesus has done and encourage the next generations of His saving grace.
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
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