I’m still reeling from the realization of Whitney Houston’s sudden death. I watched her “Celebration of Life” service last Saturday on my television set while tinkering with other things on my desk. Around the time I thought the eulogy would begin I started putting everything aside to listen to Pastor Marvin Winans deliver his message. But the person next to the podium was R. Kelly. He sung, “I Look To You” and immediately I started sobbing and my daughter began to realize why I didn’t pay closer attention to the service in the beginning. Being distracted, while only for a little while, was my way of handling the grief, sorrow, and pain that I felt since hearing of Whitney’s death.
Memories of my mother’s sudden death overwhelmed me. Unless you have experienced the sudden unexpected loss of a loved one it is hard to imagine the pain and deep sense of loss you feel. Many people have chosen to leave their comments and opinions about Whitney’s life and death around the different internet sites. I’m saddened by some comments and find myself filled with a range of emotions by others. I’m still not able to express what I’m feeling even though when I started this post it was my intentions to do so. I can only imagine the pain and grief the entire Houston family and their friends are going through. I pray they’ll be strong for one another, holding each other up on every leaning side. I pray for their peace to be restored. I pray for joy to overflow again. I pray their memories of Whitney will guide them to renewed hope in their own lives.
CeCe Winans was next on the program after Whitney’s sister-in-law, Patricia, and her cousin, Dionne spoke. She sung a moving song, and favorite of mine, “Don’t Cry For Me“. It’s hard to hold back tears. I cry easier from grief than when I’m happy about something. And I will cry just like so many others over the passing of Whitney for sometime to come.
Pastor Winans took the podium, but first he called his family up to sing, “Tomorrow“, another great song. When I hear the lyrics to this song it puts my tears in perspective. As a believer, I know it’s nothing but the faithfulness and mercies of God that keeps us all from being consumed. Someone prayed (prays) for me, and you!! Pastor Winans message was a timely one, PRIORITIZE. Whitney had struggles. I have struggles of my own. We All Do!! I need to make it a point to listen to this message regularly – sometimes all it takes is ONE word from God to put us on the path of redemption – not a path for just surviving and getting along – but a path to victory over all that entangles us. We may not all travel the path at the same time, but we’ll get there. And we need to help each other every step of the way – with every small act of kindness we are able to muster up.