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Kierra Sheard says Mom’s near-death experience ‘taught
me to go to God for myself’
Article By Shawn Maddi  // EEW Magazine Faith
Posted March 23, 2017
Singers Kierra Sheard and her mother Karen Clark Sheard (Photo Credit: Maury Phillips/Getty)
Seeking God earnestly is what every believer must do to grow stronger and it’s something gospel
recording artist Kierra Sheard says she learned to do during a difficult time.

At just 14 years old, the soloist and entrepreneur nearly lost her mother, GRAMMY® Award-
winning vocalist Karen Clark Sheard, which taught her how to storm Heaven’s gates on her own.

“It pushed me to get on my knees and go to God for myself,” the tearful “Flaws” singer
remembers during an in-depth profile of her life for
Centric’s hit docu-series, “BEING,” airing
Saturday, March 25th 10pm/9pm ET/CT.

After a minor surgery, Kierra’s mother, first lady of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God
In Christ, explains during the episode, “I felt something in my lungs and I couldn’t breathe. I had a
hard time breathing. So I pretty much collapsed on the bed and they realized that I had a blood
clot on my lungs, which was traveling towards my heart.”

Clark Sheard, 56, went into a coma and was given just a two percent chance to live. “My wife was
at the point of death,” says husband Bishop J. Drew Sheard during the dramatic recounting of

“At that moment, Mommy couldn’t pray,” recalls Kierra of the life-threatening situation that left her
previously strong and active shero bedridden.

She was so bad off for so long, First Lady Sheard had to re-learn to use her limbs and thought
she would never sing or play piano again.

“After she was released from the hospital, it challenged me to love on her, listen to her, and
value my family because you never know what they have to face. I love her and I am thankful for
her,” Kierra said during a previous interview.

By God’s grace, the member of the legendary Clark Sisters made a full recovery.

For an in-depth look inside the life of the Sheards featuring never-before-seen photos, videos,
revealing stories and more, tune into Centric’s “BEING” this Saturday at 10pm/9pm ET/CT.  
Copyright © 2017-2020 Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
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