Sunday, July 24, 2011

Death and Life at 27

Just before I logged off the Internet yesterday morning, I decided to check the headlines one last time. The news was already full of reports about the mass shooting and bombing in Oslo, Norway the day before. Still I had a hunch another tragedy had just occurred.

On the home pages of Yahoo and CNN, I read “Breaking News” that British singer Amy Winehouse died in her London home. What stood out to me in those headlines was that Amy was only 27 years old. Immediately I thought of other rock stars who died at that very same age: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. Like Amy, all of them had a history of drug abuse.

I first became familiar with Amy Winehouse while watching the 2008 Grammy Awards on TV. The singer was nominated for six awards and won five of them, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit “Rehab.” Amy made more headlines with her erratic behavior and run-ins with the law. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the singer, I occasionally prayed for her. God only knows for sure if Amy (who was Jewish) got right with Him before her passing.

Fortunately, a more positive lifechanging event happened to me when I was 27. After years of pursuing a music career myself, my “old man” died and I became a new creature in Christ Jesus.

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” – Romans 6:6

1 comment:

  1. I work in central London UK, and happened to pass tiny Amy in the street a few months ago, I felt a compassion for her and the urge to say a prayer then.