By W.H. WATERS
During the past week I was certainly aware of Michael Jackson’s death and the fact that the younger generation felt much love and passion for his work.
Through the years I was aware of him and his peculiarities. I knew what he did, but I really knew nothing of the heart displayed in his music. This being true, I sat down to observe his funeral on TV with little excitement for the event. I really viewed it as overkill and for this I want to apologize.
What affects the nature of man’s thoughts and what he does? It is the thoughts and ideals stowed in his heart. Man does not come forth with high moral ideals from a depraved heart.
From the outset I was caught in the quality of each song. Though it was not the first great song, “Will You Be There” spoke to me very forcefully. It spoke to the trials of life and who might be there to help him. In all my trials, troubles and tribulations, will you be there? To whom was he speaking? Then he says, “I’ll never let you part for you are always in my heart.” He was speaking to our God. It is not a bad thought to run through the minds of his fans nor was it a bad thought to run through the old man who is using his pen.
Another song touched my heart. “We Are the World” he sang and the fans were red, yellow, black and white. It called them to unity and it said with all its problems we can overcome them for “We Are the World.” Hope is what a lost world needs and through song he preached the message.
“Heal the World” was sung. If the world needs healing, who will do it? As God’s messengers we must work at the healing process for “We Are the World.”
I listened to Martin Luther King III and his sister speak of his gentleness and his kindness to their mother in her last days. He called from another continent and with gentleness and kindness conveyed his message of respect for her. Though she could not speak, her eyes lit up and her face radiated with joy, her children said.
Actress Brooke Shields spoke of their childhood and the wonderful nature of this boy and later as an adult. You know I felt she had been touched by his spiritual nature for never before had I seen this in her speech. Yes, the gentility in her speech and the tears in her eyes with her respect said to me this was a man of value.
Person after person spoke and they spoke of Michael’s loving nature, his kindness and his generosity to the unfortunate of the world.
The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke of his gifts to the world. I know you may not care for this man, but if you were listening it would have been hard not to agree with a beautiful eulogy. It fit with every thing I heard today.
I know that a funeral usually raises the truth a little. I am sure this was not a perfect human being. I do know the content of his work said to me, you would have been a better person had you listened to the message of his music during the past 40 years. Whatever his sins I leave them with God and Michael. I want to look at the good I have seen and to realize those fans of his had real reason for paying tribute to their hero. They just might realize God is the author of his thoughts.
Editor’s Note: W.H. Waters is a resident of Lebanon and a contributor to The Wilson Post.