Sunday, February 12, 2012

Death of a Pop Icon

I'm sure you've all heard by now that pop singer, Whitney Houston, was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday.  It appears that drugs and alcohol were a factor in her untimely death.  Sadly, she reportedly appeared in public disheveled, disoriented and disruptive in the days prior to her death.

The news of her death has left me feeling strangely sad and heavy-hearted.  It's not like she was a close friend or even an acquaintance, and I'm definitely not the type to follow the pop music scene.  Still, I feel incredibly sad over her passing.

She was essentially my age, born in 1963, and she was such a beautiful woman with a captivating smile and an absolutely stunning voice.  I loved to hear her sing!  Do you remember her moving rendition of the National Anthem after 9-11??  I don't think our nation's song has ever been sung with more power and passion!!

I also loved Whitney in The Preacher's Wife!!  Have you seen that movie??  It is one of my all-time favorite movies!  Funny, Sweet, Romantic, Heart-warming, and full of Whitney's inspiring vocals!  It is part of our Christmas line up, but I could watch it any time of the year!  ;)

I think the thing that really saddens me about her death is the utter waste of a life with so much potential.  I've read that Whitney grew up attending a Baptist church and started her career singing gospel songs in the church choir.  She must have heard the truth in her early years, and surely she must have recognized that her talent was a gift from God.  She certainly had the voice of an "angel," but she allowed herself to be led down dark paths of drugs and destruction.  "Once pop music's undisputed queen, her voice and image had been ravaged by decades of drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown."  (

Satan always appears as an "angel of light" -- offering us a "better" and "brighter" way, but he's in business to deceive.  His plan is to entrap us and then to implement his program, which always has the same plot -- to seek to steal, kill and destroy.  (John 10:10)  He deceived Whitney, stole purpose and meaning from her life, destroyed not only her pristine voice, but her very life.  What a waste!

What about us?  Are we using our talents (however great or however small) for the Lord?  Are we building our lives on the timeless truths of God's Word?  Or are we falling for the stale old lies of Satan?

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1 comment:

Natalie said...

Elizabeth, I was saddened to hear the news of her death as well. Often we never know what demons a person is fighting until it's too late. I posted a link to a video of her song "Miracle" on my fundeasy page.

Really not trying to make a shameless plug for my Walk for Life page, but it is quicker than searching You Tube for the link to the video. :-)

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