Death Brings Life

Death never has the same impact. This moment, the response is LIFE. When I read that Aretha Franklin died, my heart felt an enormous gratitude. I loved her voice. Have listened, again and again to her many powerful songs. Below are two videos, both of “Natural Woman,” one from a White House event and the other with Carol King, Celine and Aretha singing.

So much more, though. Yes, I’ve shared before but never once and no more. Two deaths even this day, continue to be with me…the feelings of full despair and then liberating joy. To me, Whitney Houston could sing forever. Not the voice…but the heart and the substance of soul. When she died I couldn’t silence unused profanity, I was that upset.

And then, Robin Williams. Such energy, such wackiness, such creativity. “Dead Poet’s Society” was his brilliance. I so loved how he was unpredictable…made spontaneity as if it was holy writ. Then. The Rope. The horrible leaving the stage forever, hanging in a closet.

Damn. I still live, way inside, with both Whitney and Robin…because there’s quality and spiritual truth in each of them. Not with envy, but with gratitude to God for how they’ve graced my life.

Now, Aretha.

I won’t glower or rage…rather I’ll kick my own butt and be even more resolved to live as fully as I can.

Writing my Memoir has been good for me. Because it put in full perspective how the 52 years have gone. And how not everyone is either a trusted friend or horrific enemy.

But, now. Even more than a 52-year-rear-view-mirror, I have this moment, this day and all the new dawning days to live with fullness, and yet, I pray, spontaneity. Hopefully no one will ever, ever say I established mediocrity a moral principle and died before I was dead. NO! I will still do what I can to do MORE than live up to my minimum.

Whitney Houston. Aretha Franklin, Robin Williams. Lights for me, for which I give deep thanks to God.

Okay, Aretha…sing to us and for us and help our lives be a song of grace and love!


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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