The passing of Natalie Cole is shocking and sad beyond words. The only thing I can say for now is that perhaps God decided to take Natalie home at the very dawn of a new year, precisely so we could reflect on the gifts He bestows upon us, even as our world deals with all manner of evil. Natalie and her father were special gifts to our country, and indeed to the world. Heartbreaking as Natalie’s passing is, reflecting and rejoicing over God’s immense gifts to humankind, like the talents of Natalie and Nat King Cole, is actually a blessed way to start off a new year.
Rest in peace, Natalie. I love you. I miss you already, and I’m profoundly grateful that you shared not only your talent, but your beautiful heart, with the world.