I remember how I felt when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. It wasn’t much different when Whitney Houston left this earth on February 11, 2012. Even though I am just a fan of theirs and grew up with their music like so many of us, it hurt my heart to find out not only that they each died at a relatively young age, but also the circumstances of their deaths. On the day after MJ’s passing, I reached out to many friends I haven’t heard from in years. And one might think that I would do the same with Whitney’s death– start to reach out to people who I haven’t talked to in a while and just reconnect. I often go through my phone and call folks during New Years week, but I was caught up in my book release to-do list and didn’t get to everyone.
For some reason, although it crossed my mind to call my friend Chris, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in June 2011–or hit him up on Facebook– I didn’t. But oh how I wish I did. Continue reading
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Tagged bereavement, death, friendships, grief, loved ones, passing away, prayer, self-reflection, unanswered questions
So many people have died in recent months in the news and, I’m sure, in your own lives. Death reminds us of how short life is. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your obituary to say? What will your legacy be?
You are going to die someday, and it may not be when you are old and gray and at peace. That’s not morbid– it’s just the truth. Your life may end suddenly or unexpectedly. You may not see it coming. Our days are numbered, and only God knows when He is ready to take us home. What will we leave behind when we go?