Precious Lord of the Universe:
Into Thy hands we commit the soul, the life, the spirit of our sister, our friend, your daughter; the one we knew and called Whitney Houston, daughter of John and Cissy. We know that she is now immersed in Your sacred Presence. We know that she now has an eternal home that is filled with and anchored in Your peace, Your love, Your forgiveness and, Your merciful Presence. We know that while her physical body has departed from the earth, her spirit, her soul is now one with You. We know that from You she came and, to You she has returned. We thank you for welcoming her home. We thank you for giving her peace. We thank you that in Your hands she knows she is loved. Teach us to celebrate her life and to find joy in the knowledge that you are a loving Creator God who always welcomes your children home. We ask this with faith knowing that as we ask it is so.
In this moment we remember Your promise that in our times of disquiet, the Comforter would come. Just now Precious Lord, we ask that your Comforter surround Whitney’s baby girl Bobbi Christina. We ask that the angels, guardians of your court and the ancestors circle her mind and body, whispering words of peace into her soul. We ask that angels of peace blow their divine breath from the souls of her feet to the crown of her head. We ask that she have peace, a perfect peace that is beyond human understanding. We ask that you comfort Whitney’s mother, our sister Lady Cissy. We ask for your mercy to fall fresh each day on this mother. We ask for Your power and grace to uproot and supplant any disquiet in her soul. We ask that you surround Bobbi Christina and her grandmother Lady Cissy as they walk through the physical tasks of surrendering their Beloved Whitney into Your care. We ask that you touch every member of the Houston family, every loved one and friend who may come into contact with the family so that they serve as representatives of the Comforter, bringing peace where there be despair; love where there may be fear. We ask this believing that because we ask in faith it is so.
We ask that you touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere across the earth; those of us who knew Whitney, and those of us who loved her. Re-mind us to re-member that Thy will is done. Even when we do not understand it, Thy will is done. Even if we do not like it, Thy will is done. Even when we are tempted to use the measurement of human time to assess what is and is not good and right and fair, fill us to recognize, Thy will is done.
We ask that you teach us to be still when we do not understand, to be kind when we do not agree, to be humble when we want to be right, to be forgiving when we are tempted to gossip. We ask that you inspire us to surrender our opinions, judgments, perceptions, any and all unkind, unloving thoughts or words and, that you remind us to use that energy to lift the Houston family in prayer and loving light. We ask that you open our minds, hearts and eyes to see the lessons this life can teach us and to accept what we can to make our own lives better to be of greater service to You. We ask that you bridle every tongue that it may speak only that which is of good report. We ask that Your loving Presence and wisdom replace our need to know and hear and question what is human and temporary so that we may acknowledge moment by moment, Thy will is done.
Creator, God, Lord of this life, in this time of grief, confusion and despair, we acknowledge You as the Knower Of All Things, the Being at the center of all life. We now ask for and open ourselves to receive Your divine guidance as we walk through this experience of loss. We surrender all “why”s to You. We ask for the courage to do what is in alignment with Your will. Fill us with the peace of Your presence. We ask for a vision that will take us beyond what we see and feel in this moment. Fill us with acceptance of your will. We ask above all else we ask to see love in all things and in each other. Into Thy hands we commit our minds, our mouths, our hearts, our lives, the Houston family, every journalist and media outlet as Thy will is done.
If we should falter, teach us, forgive us, and lift us in our souls to the place that you would have us be in order serve the divine purpose of Your will.
These things we ask with a loving and trusting hearts knowing that as we ask and believe it is so.
And so It Is.
Into Thy hands we release, surrender, bless and celebrate our sister, your daughter Whitney Houston.
Iyanla Vanzant is the best-selling author of five books on self-empowerment, personal growth and spiritual healing. As the founder and executive director of the Inner Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance Network, she conducts workshops, seminars and lectures nationally. Drawing from her own experiences of family dysfunction, abuse, and poverty, Iyanla encourages us all to look at ourselves, laugh at ourselves and then take the necessary steps to heal ourselves. Her practical message is based on the principles of universal law, self-determination and the power of Spirit. You can learn more about her work at www.innervisionsworldwide.com.
Iyanla has recently appeared several times during Oprah’s Lifeclass webcast segments. You can view the classes here: http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/oprahs-lifeclass.html