Billboard.com notes that Prince’s catalog of Hot 100 hits, which includes huge smashes like “Purple Rain,” “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry,” is staggering.
The Purple One has claimed 47 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including 19 top 10s — with five of those going all the way to No. 1. In the 20 year span between 1980 and the end of 1999, Prince charted more Hot 100 entries (44) than any other act.
His surprised death at age 57 is a reminder that life is fragile. It further reminds us that we all must deal with the grief of death while at the same time we must consider our own death.
When a prince dies
Over the course of time we will all know with it looks like when a prince in our lives dies.
- The death of our prince could be our parent
- The death of our prince could be our sibling
- The death of our prince could be our child
Grief is an emotion common to the human experience, and we witness the process of grief throughout the biblical narrative. Multiple Bible characters experienced deep loss and sadness, including Job, Naomi, Hannah, and David.
Even Jesus mourned (John 11:35; Matthew 23:37-39). After Lazarus died, Jesus went to the village of Bethany, where Lazarus was buried. When Jesus saw Martha and the other mourners weeping, He also wept. He was moved by their grief and also by the fact of Lazarus’s death. The astounding thing is that, even though Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, He chose to partake of the grief of the situation. Jesus truly is a high priest who can “sympathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15).
How to overcome grief
Overcoming grief is about having the right perspective on it.
First, we recognize that grief is a natural response to pain and loss. There is nothing wrong with grieving.
Second, we know that times of grief serve a purpose. Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” This verse implies that grief can be good because it can refresh our perspective on life.
Third, we remember that feelings of grief are temporary. “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). There is an end to mourning. Grief has its purpose, but it also has its limit.
This is what it looks like
Since Thursday we have been dealing with what it looks like when a prince dies.
However, through our collective grief of the death of this prince and the death of the princes in our lives, God is faithful.
There are many Scriptures that remind us of God’s faithfulness in times of mourning.
- He is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).
- When David sorrowed, he prayed this in Psalm 56:8: “
- He works all things together for the good of those He has called (Romans 8:28).
God will work out our grief, our pain and our loss, because through our faith God will be with us even when our prince dies.