IN MEMORY OF ARETHA FRANKLIN
Updated: Aug 17, 2020
Two years ago, August 16, 2018, we lost Aretha Franklin. the Queen of Soul. Aretha and I were great friends although we never personally met to greet each other pleasantries. I listened to her songs over and over ... and followed her attending concerts across the country.
Everyone knew how much I loved her and that she was my favorite singer ... so much so that my family and friends from across the country called me when she died as they knew that I was grieving. More than a singer, she was an adamant civil rights activist. Her roots being in gospel music, she has renditions of so many stellar gospel songs with Amazing Grace being my favorite. Her gospel album still reigns as the top selling album of all times. So as she walks around Heaven all day, bringing the majestic choir to their feet with her angelic voice, do know that we treasure her memory as we listen to her voice bellowing out hits too many to name. Aretha grew up with strong faith. She knew the The Lord. God gave her a gift and she used it!
With our strong belief in The Lord, we fall back to his Word. We were told in John 14: 1-6.
”Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going. 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We are always in God’s thoughts, memory, and reach! He knows each one of us by name. Showing love everyday of our lives is a small task in relations to what God does for us. His Promise of everlasting life is reason enough.
Happy Sunday! God bless!