“it is only bodies that are separated, but minds and hearts remain united, especially in Him, for whom the sacrifice is made of leaving all that is dearest.” – anonymous
what an overwhelming memorial that was. last night would forever be etched in the hearts of those whose lives Michael Jackson touched, as well as the generations to come.
at the Staples Center, those who knew Michael Jackson as family and as friend paid tribute to this great man who will forever be remembered as the king of pop. but then, it is an underrated title for an artist who will forever be larger than life. definitely, he is the greatest entertainer who ever lived. and yes, last night, i get to know the kind of man that Michael Jackson was, from those who were fortunate enough to have known him personally and lucky enough to be a part of his life. to quote his daughter Paris “Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say that I love him so much.” and this much i can say, he must have been such a great human being as well, to be loved and missed that much.
i knew him only from a distance; only by his songs and performances. i didn’t have any photos, or memorabilia of him. i didn’t have any songbook, nor any of his records. i don’t keep news clippings or magazine write-ups, nor any scrapbook detailing his achievements as an artist. i don’t know the lyrics of some of his songs, except of course my favorites, and i don’t know much about the details of his career or personal life. but when he passed away, i felt like someone very close like family to me had died.
Michael was like part of our family. he was there in our house even before I went to school. he was there when I started venturing into a bigger world outside our home. he was there when I first fell in love. he was there when I went to college and found a job. he was here now that i have a family of my own. he was in my life all this time. And only in his death did i realize that.
his music is his presence. and now that he’s gone, i tried so hard to hold on to whatever i could. because like those who have gone before him, i thought he’d be here forever. now i have his greatest hits in my mobile phone, to stand as a symbol of how he’d been such a part of my life. to immerse myself into the genius of his creativity which i should have done long before. oh if i could only…
as i watch the memorial last night, i realized it was not only me who had this unexplainable connection with Michael. his person, his passion, his music. he has such a powerful hold on all of us. and like what Smokey Robinson had said, i am also glad to have lived in his era. needless to say, i praise God for lending us Michael who have torn down barriers so that color, race, religion and nationalities no longer matter. in his music, the world became one. praise God for this wonderful soul, and this extraordinary human being.
“if he is not with us, then who is against us.” to all who have judged Michael harshly in the past, may you realize that one who has evoked such goodness in our hearts did not deserve to have been treated that way. Michael Jackson deserved only the best.
so the Lord blessed him. you are now free Michael. where you have gone, no cameras can follow. they won’t bother you now. from now on, there will only be peace and love in our Father’s embrace. oh how i just wished you had seen how much you are loved. and how much you will be missed.
which reminds us to never! never! never! take anybody for granted. let us all do as much good as we can, when we still have chance. be it for a friend or foe, family or stranger. even so, let us surpass the goodness. let us give more. or better yet, let us be the best for everyone. we may not be the greatest entertainer who ever lived, but we can be the best human being that we can ever be. AND THAT WOULD MAKE MICHAEL —S M I L E.