Those of you who know me know I like to keep up with popular culture. I follow along with many celebrities and entertainers in the business we call show. What can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure and I think one should be well informed on all levels (at least that’s what I tell myself 😉).
Recently, I’ve been following along with Rory and Joey Feek. A husband & wife country duo, Joey + Rory, who competed on a show called Can You Duet in 2008, they’ve since recorded albums and songs together (Cheater, Cheater is ALWAYS a good angry song to sing along to…check it out here). Sadly in 2014, Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer and, after being unresponsive to treatments, decided to live her life simply enjoying the time she had left.
This past Friday, March 4th, Rory took to his blog where he’s been journaling him and Joey’s journey throughout this whole process. Rory wrote, “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior. At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side…When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier”.
Reading this, I was incredibly moved. It still blows my mind how in one instant this life is over and and a life in eternity with our Glorious Father begins. How mind-boggling is it that we fear death? We look at it as something to avoid, but rather it is a brief moment that takes us into what we were created for. For death is, but a means in which we get to be with our Creator.
It is so hard to lose someone we love. It’s inevitable for all of us and each time it happens, it never gets easier. It’s not always the most fair of circumstances… because if we could choose I am sure we’d all wish those we love to pass at around 100 years of age. Sometimes it comes a lot sooner than we’d like, but today, I am encouraged. I am encouraged through The Feek Family’s story. I am encouraged by them in that in their time of unbearable sorrow, there is hope. Because of the hope we have in Jesus and because He died for our sins and overcame death, we too, like Joey, will live forever with our Father in Heaven. Her family knows where she is. I know where she is. And I know where I will be one day.
I pray that we continue to look up; that the most grimmest of situations push us to cling to the Father tighter than ever imaginable, so that He can embrace us, give us peace and comfort, and, one day, welcome us home.