We are told that when his friend Lazarus died Jesus wept. And so we, too must not hide our grief. It is an experience we need to feel, and even to share with one another. So if the death of Prince, or Bowie, or anyone else affects you in a powerful way, go ahead and express that grief. And celebrate that person's life, and all their music brought to yours.
God, who brings creativity to our lives, we thank you for the lives and talents of those who entertain us through their music. We thank you for singers, instrumentalists, composers, and directors who cause our hearts to soar, who bring out the joy and sorrow and love and celebration we feel. We thank you that they give of themselves to share what we might not even know we were feeling. We pray that you will be with their families, friends, and other fans who are missing them, and that you will encourage us to be brave in sharing the talents and abilities you have given to each of us......Amen.