Last night, I read the best life story on Anna Nicole Smith that I’ve ever read. Well…okay, it was the only one, but it was really well done. It’s called "Go and Sin Some More: A Meditation on the Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith" and is written by Timmy Brister (HT: Justin Taylor).
…She had everything this world could possibly offer: beauty, riches,
sex, fame, etc. Coming from a small town in Texas a high school
drop-out, this looks like the American dream. After all, what was it
that America could offer that she did not receive?
Yet over the past week, I heard testimony after testimony from her
friends, family, and associates about how lonely, depressed, and empty
Anna Nicole was her entire life. One of her closest companions shared
that Anna Nicole felt no one loved her and that no man cared enough
to pursue her, so much that her last husband, her lawyer, came by
default since he was her closest friend. This woman, having walked the
red carpet, lived in mansions, and posed before thousands of cameras
couldn’t look at herself in the face and accept who she was.
I hearkened back to Scripture and more specifically to the life of
Jesus Christ to think about a couple of Anna Nicole’s in Jesus’ day. I
recall a woman of Samaria who had many men in her life (John 4:1-42), a
woman of the city who was characteristically known as “a sinner” (Luke
7:36-50), and a woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). Like the
Samaritan woman, Anna Nicole had experienced man men in her life. Like
the woman of the city, she prostituted herself for riches. Like the
woman caught in adultery, she knew what it was like to be in a
courtroom, being judged by others. Jesus was no stranger to the Anna
Nicole’s of his day. …
The obituary is fairly lengthy, but make sure to read the whole thing.