Reporting from Newark, N.J. — Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, wrote a touching letter in her daughter’s funeral program thanking God for her “beautiful flower” and saying that she had a sense that Whitney would not “be with me long.”
“I never told you that when you were born, the Holy Spirit told me that you would not be with me long,” Cissy Houston wrote, according the Associated Press. “And I thank God for the beautiful flower he allowed me to raise and cherish for 48 years.”
“Rest, my baby girl, in peace,” the letter ends, signed “mommie.”
Whitney Houston’s funeral at her childhood church, New Hope Baptist Church, began in song from the congregation’s white-clothed gospel choir and a rousing call:
“Glory to God! God be praised!” as those in attendance at the invitation-only funeral acknowledged the words with applause.
“Whitney you are the only one who can bring all of us together,” said Pastor Joe Carter. “Today is your day, Whitney.”