Pastor Marvin Winans just finished his passionate eulogy at the end of a nearly four hour ceremony dedicated to the memory of Whitney Elizabeth “Nippy” Houston. I watched the whole thing without interruption – no tweeting, no checking Facebook, no looking at the web. There were a multitude of incredible moments throughout the service, from R. Kelly’s shockingly beautiful vocals to the gospel singers who personalized their performances in honor of their friend.
I don’t in any way want to diminish the God-centered message that those who listened throughout were imparted with, but to me, the most poignant moment of all came during Kevin Costner’s funny, warm and sensitive remembrance of his Bodyguard co-star. Surprisingly, Costner was the first of everyone who came to the pulpit to both acknowledge and reach out to Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina. His message to her was simple and profound. Costner told the (almost) 19-year-old:
“To you, Bobbi Kristina, and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream, thinking that maybe they aren’t good enough, I think Whitney would tell you, guard your bodies. And guard the precious miracle of your own life.”
Guard the precious miracle of your own life. Such stunning advice, and none more wise. It’s incredibly important for young Krissy, as we learned she’s called, to take great care of herself and surround herself by family and good friends in this time of vulnerability, especially since it’s clear that her father’s presence in her life is tenuous at best. The burden that the child of an addict feels is immense, and it’s imperative that she summon as much support as possible in order to avoid meeting the same tragic fate as her beloved mother. Gossip websites are reporting that her family is hoping Bobbi will attend rehab soon, and that the teen will live with her grandmother in Newark, NJ “indefinitely.” Let’s wish her much strength during this difficult time.