I just have to say that it was an utter shock to hear this afternoon, via text from my 14 year old cousin and later confirmed by every news station known to man, that Michael Jackson died this afternoon from an aparent heart attack in his home in LA.
I loved Michael Jackson's music from the time I was a little girl. I remember clearly one Christmas, (I think that I was around 10 years old), I got a book full of pictures of Michael Jackson. I loved it to say the least! I had cassette tapes and records of Michael's music. My favorites were Bad, Billie Jean, and Thriller. You guys remember those songs??!!
As I got older my love for music by Michael Jackson diminished but never went completely away. I tended to follow him and his music less and less as the years went on. Especially after I became a Christian and started listening to Christian music more than rock or country. But I paid attention to the news stories that he was always a part of. His marriage to Lisa Marie Presley shocked me, then that picture of him holding his baby over the ledge freaked me out as well as the rest of the world. The allegations and publicity about his supposed scandalous behavior at his Never Land Ranch broke my heart. I actually felt sorry for him during that time.
I don't know...having celebrity status sometimes appears to be so wonderful....we all think of the money, the fame, the attention but in the end...it does nothing to stop the fact that we all have an appointment with facing our own mortality. Today Michael breathed his last here on Earth...I can only hope that at some point in his life he responded to the Lord's call and love for him and is in Eternity this very minute.
My prayers go out for his family at this time.