tyler-perry-GI.jpgOne of the speakers for Whitney Houston‘s funeral was filmmaker Tyler Perry, who expressed a wonderful sentiment about Whitney. It was really a powerful speech.

Tyler Perry says:

“I know this grief. It was Pat who introduced me to Whitney awhile back and she and I sat in a restaurant  in Atlanta, just the two of us. Sat there talking for about an hour and a half about four years ago. And during this time, she was telling me about her life and i was very surprised about how candid and open and revealing she was as she was talking to me.

As I would see her talk about this, I would see this heaviness come upon her. And I’m the type of person that when I would see this with anyone, I would want to say something encouraging. But before I could get words out to encourage her, she would say, ‘But the Lord.’

And conversation went on, we would talk a little bit more, she would go back into this sadness and just when I’m about to step in, she would say, ‘But my Lord and savior Jesus Christ and his amazing grace.’ It was at the moment that I knew that I would do all I can to stand with her and from that moment to now, I’ve been standing with the family and her and I’m just completely thankful to God for all that he has done in her life.

There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston. First, there was a grace that carried her from Heaven down through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing. From what I understand, she wasn’t even supposed to be able to speak, let alone sing, because of an incident that happened to her as a child, but there was a grace that kept on carrying her all the way through. The same grace led her all the way to the top of the charts … there was a grace that kept on carrying her.

That’s one thing I know. And the other thing I know, for sure, and this is more important than anything that she’s ever done in her life – Whitney Houston loved the Lord. And in every conversation we had over these years, it was evident that she loved the Lord.

When I think about her, there’s a scripture that keeps burning into my heart. I keep thinking about the apostle Paul in Romans, when he was talking about ‘I am persuaded that nothing shall separate me from the love of God.’

So what I know about her is that nothing separated her from the love of God … no matter how much struggle, no matter what she had to walk through, it still wasn’t enough to separate her from the love of God.

It was the same grace that carried her home.”

It was a really lovely moment.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."