I am truly amazed at what God did through Whitney Houston. There have been nationally televised funerals for great African-Americans…Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Rosa Parks to name a few. Bishop Walter Hawkins, James Brown and Michael Jackson’s funeral was streamed live over the Internet and covered by social media.
Something was very unique, different and even familiar about today. For the first time that I can remember, it was not social justice, entertainment, or gospel music as the forefront of today’s service.
For the first time that I can remember, God was the focal point. With touching tributes by close friends – it was the moments shared by her bodyguard of 11 years, Ray Watson, that struck a cord. His touching statements and reflections of her “big-old Bible,” reminds us all that no matter the highs or lows of life – she was still grounded in her unshaken faith in God, and his promise to never leave nor forsake her.
The death of Whitney Houston brought the largest television networks in the world to a church in Newark, New Jersey for the world to experience God; some for the first time.
The experience of God resonated not only on the television, but in all forms of social media. This happened in a time when some folks are fighting to get Christian television off of the air and off of social media. I have never witnessed such a move of God in my life. Faith was not forced, but embraced. Faith was not denied, but delivered. Romans 8:18 NKJV says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Last week, we dealt with the suffering of losing someone who many will say was one of the greatest voices of my generation.
The glory that was revealed is that for more than 3 hours, faith knocked at the world’s door…the good news is a lot of people answered.
In everything give thanks.