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Tyrese lends a hand with Paul Walker’s funeral arrangements, shares open letter

Thu., Dec. 5, 2013 11:48 AM EDT
by Ruthie Hawkins

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Tyrese Gibson continues to deal with the loss of his close friend and co-star Paul Walker by lending a hand to his family who is currently arranging the Fast & Furious franchise star’s funeral.

According to E News, “Tyrese met with both Walker’s mother and father Sunday evening to discuss what steps the family will take.”

Gibson later went on to share a very personal and touching letter with his fans on Facebook, where he shared some words of advice and comfort from Bishop T.D. Jakes during his time of mourning.

View an excerpt from Gibson’s open letter below:

Bishop T.D. Jakes reached out to me today and spoke healing and closure. … Then I went online and came across this powerful word he spoke at a recent funeral and the word was “I know it feels like death has won”… I flipped a few words so that it felt more personal to what were all going through right now in this moment and I just wanted to share this. … So that we all get a since of closure around Paul’s transition and or whoever else you may have lost this is a powerful word. … Embrace …

BISHOP T.D. JAKES: In moments like this, it feels — it feels like death has won. But the Bible says that love is stronger than death. Your hearts are heavy, tears flow down. Your spirits are wounded. I feel that too. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing him as long as many of you have done. I understand what it is to be in pain. You look around and everybody you love and everybody you can count on and everybody you can trust seems to be slipping through your fingers. And it feels as though death has won. The first family, when Cain killed able, it seemed like death had won. Noah escaped the flood. Still he died. It looked like death had won.

… Don’t you dare think that death has won. You will learn what all of us know who have lost people that we love. You’ll be driving down the street one day and you’ll hear Paul’s voice talking in your head. Something he said or something he did will pop up in your spirit and you’ll giggle inside of yourself as if he were sitting in the car with you. And you will find that people that you really love, they may leave you outwardly, but they never leave you inwardly. May the love of God, the peace of the Holy Spirit, the sweet communion of knowing that you are a child of the king keep you through this period in life when it might appear as if death has won, but it’s alive. Love will last forever, for God is love.

No details have been released on the exact date of Walker’s funeral. Keep it locked for further details. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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  • Pepper

    R.I.P Paul Walker and to anyone who has lost a life this month or week may God bless your souls. Rest no more worrying no more sufferying just rest! #your fast and furious fan