In Celebration of a Life

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.   These words of Jesus were spoken by Bishop Marvin Winans at the funeral of Whitney Houston today.  The service was so moving.

God has spoken, so let the Church say Amen!!!  Amen!!!  Chanted the congregation after the Bishop!

Watching this funeral, this celebration of the life of Whitney Houston, I was captivated by the pure, unadulterated spirit of love for God.  With the spontaneous choruses of Amen! rippling throughout the congregation, the Spirit of God moved among the people.

Whitney and her voice were praised, God was glorified over and over and I was humbled.  The Bishop spoke of prioritizing our lives, putting God first and always.  Then all these things that we strive for in our living will come in the great will of God.

The service was a long 4 hours; for me it was uplifting.  Recognizing her life had its faults, she also had a deep and abiding love of God.  She was a generous woman who loved deeply.

One last thing ~ I LOVE a church service where people can show their love of God.  African-Americans know how to worship the Lord with gladness. . .I love the contemporaneous shouts of Amen! and Hallelujah!  I enjoy the spirit of joy and gladness in God.  Would that we who have more sedate services and Masses one day be able to shout our love to God without fear of reprisal or looks of horror. . .

Call me crazy, but I’m crazy for God and I would love to shout my joy in Church.

God has spoken, so let the Church say Amen!!!  AMEN!!!

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

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