Hope. Future opportunities. Fresh starts.
Those are the things that will help Detroit … and Detroiters … rebuild and reimagine.
That’s the message pastor Joel Osteen delivered to more than 30,000 people when he spoke at Comerica Park in late July during his first “Night of Hope” event in Detroit.
His main theme was “Trouble won’t stop you. It will become transportation.”
“Have you settled for less than you know is in you,” he asked the audience.
Unfortunately, those words have too often been true for Detroit. We are moving forward but still have a long way to go. His words of inspiration, celebration and motivation pushed those attending to do even more.
Osteen and his wife, Victoria, take their “Night of Hope” live programs to stadiums and arenas nationwide 11 times each year. Once a year they present one penultimate version of the program, “America’s Night of Hope,” to a city that is deemed to be particularly deserving of inspiration, celebration and motivation.
Detroit was chosen this year.
If you missed it, don’t worry. A one-hour edited version of the program will be presented on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, September 11, at 10 p.m. It is the event’s first-ever commitment to a program-length special by a major television network.
You’ll also hear Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discuss the city’s biggest needs and most outstanding triumphs as well as inspirational stories of renewal and recovery from others. And, there’s great music.
“Victoria and I chose to focus on Michigan, and Detroit in particular, because the area has been hit hard economically, folks are still struggling to recover,” Osteen said when the event in Detroit was announced. “We really love the people here and believe everyone who attends will be uplifted and filled with the expectation that their best days are ahead.
“When you look at the recent tragic events in our world and the things in life that divide us if we let them, there has never been a more important time to join together in search of peace and to feel joy in our hearts toward everyone.”
Osteen and his wife, Victoria, are pastors of non-denominational Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It is the nation’s largest church with more than 50,000 weekly attendees and a very diverse audience.