Whitney Houston was raised in the church where her mother still attends today. As Christians one of the benefits of our faith is that death is not the end. Our grief though painful and at times unbearable it is consolable because we know that for our souls to be absent from our earthly bodies it is to be present with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8),
Bobbi Kristina Brown was the heir to a musical dynasty. Her grandmother Cissy Houston is gospel music royalty who sang with Elvis; her auntie is Dionne Warwick; her godmother is CeCe Winans and although she cannot sing, Oprah Winfrey is a close family friend. However, her musical birthright came through her father R&B king Bobby Brown and her mother the late legend Whitney Houston.
Sadly for Bobbi Kristina, her family, friends and fans she will never have the opportunity to her enjoy her rich inheritance. No, I do not mean the millions of dollars her mother bequeathed her, but Krissy as she is affectionately called, will not have the privilege of gleaning wisdom from the long list of great women who could have helped her take her rightful place among this world’s elite.
The Houston and Brown families gathered tonight to say their private goodbyes at the Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta, Georgia. The life of Bobbi Kristina Brown will be celebrated tomorrow by those who knew and loved her at an invitation only funeral service.
Even as Bobbi Kristina grew into adulthood, it was hard not see her as the cute little girl who stole the stage from her legendary mom. That is the picture that I will take with me long after she is laid to rest next to her mother in our home state of New Jersey.
In the meantime, I will say a prayer for Bobby Brown, the Brown family, Cissy Houston and the Houston family. Bobbi Kristina’s dad Bobby Brown is quoted as saying, “Krissy was and is an angel…” The beautiful thing about angels, if you believe in them, is that they can be in heaven and on earth at the same time. In that way they are with you always. Rest in Peace, Krissy.
Monica C. Holland
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