This week Senator John McCain and Aretha Franklin (also known as the Queen of Soul) were honored. It is amazing how much they both touched so many lives. People from all of the country and parts of the world came together to celebrate these two individuals. What stands out the most to me is that both used their god given talents to serve the world. Their service to others will long be remembered, Senator McCain served our country in the military and was an prisoner of war. He was a politician who stood up for what he believed and worked across party lines. Aretha Franklin was an actress and a songstress who used her gift to sing to people all over the United States and many places throughout the world. She contributed to the civil rights movement and never forgot where she came from, in fact she would go back to her community to give back by providing free concerts and so much more.
The gifts that Senator McCain and Aretha Franklin shared with us will live on in our hearts and their legacy will last forever. I am reminded of a song that I learned as a child the lyrics are,”This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Both John McCain and Aretha Franklin let their light shine and we have been blessed because they did, may their souls rest in peace.
The question is, what will others say about you after you are long gone? Remember, only what you do for God will last.