Amy Winehouse died earlier today, most likely of a drug overdose. Although I was not an fan of Amy’s music and did not approve of her lifestyle, I was sadden by the news of her passing. Only 27 years old, Amy should have had most of her life ahead of her.
The first time I remember hearing of Amy was in the fall of 2007 when an Internet news service ran of photo of a fornlorn Amy after her husband arrest. I don’t typically read gossip about entertainers; however, I was drawn to Amy’s photo. It was not her trademark beehive hairdo, her outlandish makeup, or the tattoos that covered her body that attracted my attention. Rather , it was the desperate look in her eyes. She reminded me of a lost child in need of help. As I read the accompanying article, I learned that Amy was a talented but troubled young woman addicted to alcohol and drugs.
I felt led to pray for Amy that day and occassionally since. My prayers were that Amy would find her way to God. Only God could provide the love and peace that Amy sought. Alcohol and drugs could neither solve Amy’s problems nor allow her to hide from them. In the end, it appears that they killed her.
Unfortunately, I have no reason to believe that Amy sought a relationship with God. And now it is too late for her. However, for anyone reading this, it is not too late. God loves you and He sent his son Jesus to die for your sins. Making Jesus your Lord and Savior is the only way to achieve true peace and happiness. God wants to give you the wonderful life He planned for you. Won’t you let him? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.