Luke Bryan opens up about the prayer he says for his children Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Luke Bryan performs "Move" at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

There are things that happen in this life that can easily rock you to your core. Whether its hurricanes or helicopter crashes, it can be quite a reality check to know that sometimes you can’t protect your loved ones, and especially your children, from life’s tragedies.

But you can pray.

And Luke Bryan does a lot of praying.

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“That’s the main thing about being a parent,” Luke said in a pre-show press conference at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Sept. 13 before performing as part of the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids night. “You tuck them in at night, and you say your prayers that they go through this life safe and unscathed and you certainly pray that they never have to deal with what parents at St. Jude have to deal with.”

Indeed, the blessing that is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis is something Luke has experienced firsthand. The hospital treats children with cancer and other catastrophic pediatric diseases, and never bills families for the cost of care or any related expenses.

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“Certainly when you become a father and you have children, it’s funny, but on the big [radiothon] weeks where St. Jude has such a presence on country radio, it just takes a whole new form when you are driving down the road listening,” Luke said of the annual fundraisers on county radio stations. “When you hear the stories about the kids, you find yourself crying along with the radio and the stories.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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