BeBe Winans urges prayer for godchild Bobbi Kristina

Gospel star BeBe Winans, whose funny, emotional tribute during Whitney Houston's funeral was among the highlights of that moving service, remains in fervent prayer for the late singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

"Bobbi Kristina is my godchild, CeCe’s goddaughter," he said during a recent interview with the AJC, referring to his sister CeCe Winans. "Whitney and us were very, very close. My children were Whitney’s godchildren. It’s very difficult."

BeBe Winans, Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans at the United Negro College Fund's 46th Annual Awards Dinner on March 8, 1990 at the Sheraton Centre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

BeBe talked with AJC arts/culture reporter Howard Pousner about the world premiere of  “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story,” scheduled to take the stage of the Alliance Theatre next January.

Bobbi Kristina has been hospitalized since a Jan. 31 medical emergency. She recently was moved to a rehabilitation facility.

"There's not a great deal of hope," her grandmother, Cissy Houston, said during a recent interview with a New York radio station.

CeCe Winans has been visiting often, her brother said

"It’s family," BeBe said. "So we do all that we can, coming down  –  CeCe’s been down there constantly. And we’re just praying. That’s what we know to do. We believe in miracles and so it’s very, very difficult."

Here's a video clip of BeBe's heartfelt tribute during Whitney's funeral:

The thought of now saying goodbye to Bobbi Kristina is difficult, he said.

"It’s hard to even imagine, it really is," he said. "You know, Whitney, it’s someone like my brother Ronald who passed -- I think of her every day. And you just want the best for Bobbi Kristina, so we ask everyone to continue to pray that a miracle does happen, and that’s what we need."

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