Monday, February 13, 2012

The Grammys and Whitney's Goodbye

"....although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever." -LL Cool J

Whitney HoustonMost have already learned of the tragic end to gifted singer Whitney Houston, this past Saturday, when she was discovered alone and deceased in her hotel bathtub. As we recall her struggle to overcome addictions, we were "shocked but not surprised" as the saying goes. (Photo: WhitneyHouston.com)

With Gospel singer, Cissy Houston as her mother, Whitney's background was one steeped in Church and a relationship with the Lord, and hopefully that is what she fell back on in her final moments of life.

Indeed, her final song sung in public turned out to be a chorus of, "Jesus Loves Me," which she sang with Kelly Price, when she called Houston up on stage with her. (Albeit, Houston was not in the best voice and appeared to be "under the influence" of something)

Whitney's last public songUnknowingly her swan song—it was a fitting one. Because, no doubt the Savior's love for His troubled songbird never ceased.

The impact of Whitney's passing was felt by her friends and fans at Sunday's Grammy Awards, which were opened by a moving prayer led by host, LL Cool J:

"Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever. Amen."

Toward the last hour of the Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson—herself a Christian artist with a beautiful voice—delivered a stirring and powerful version of Whitney's signature song from the movie, The Bodyguard; "I Will Always Love You." (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

Whitney's short life of 48 years remains a reminder of the beautiful gifts and talents given by the Lord, juxtaposed to the destruction and deception that accompany addictions to drugs and alcohol.

We join those who pray for comfort for Whitney's family, and especially her only daughter, Bobbi-Kristina; that her direction would be one focused on God and His purposes for her life.

And perhaps one day we'll hear Whitney's beautiful voice again, as we stand singing before the Lord.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was so aware that I was walking the streets of LA with "a Lion" and this Lion was talking to me. He kept saying, "I am going to catch them and turn their hearts in one breath and then, in an instant, I am going to snatch them into eternity. They are MINE. They are MINE. It will be unexplainable. It will be untimely. It will be sudden, and the grief that will fill the very heart of LA will cause hearts all over Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, LA, Malibu and Brentwood to begin to 'look up' and to begin to 'seek out eternity' and to begin to 'turn.' THIS is the day of salvation. This will be the day when the harvest will be ripe and ready. THIS WILL BE THE DAY when the harvest fields will be ripe and ready."

http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/7797

"You will not 'hear' of a turning of the heart; you will not 'hear' with your ears of a turning to Jesus Christ, for I will quickly and suddenly snatch them up. But KNOW this, not ONE of them will be lost into eternal darkness. So, hear Me now—Heaven rejoices in these ones whom I will catch and snatch.