In a Jan. 24 Facebook post, country star Craig Morgan had no words. Because when you are a grieving father and you see the date of your late son’s birthday staring back at you from your calendar, the words tend to escape you. So Craig did the only thing he could find comfort in — he read his Bible and shared a verse with his followers.
“Woe is me for my hurt,” he quoted from the book of Jeremiah. “My wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.”
Indeed, the pain continues for Craig and his family, despite the many months that have gone by since the tragic boating accident in the summer of 2016 that took the life of Craig’s son, Jerry Greer.
“Every day is tough, but some are tougher,” Craig continued in the Facebook post, which also included a number of pictures of Craig, Jerry and their family. “It’s your birthday. We will remain strong in our faith and pray God is glorified. I will see you again son.”
Perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of this sad Facebook post is the fact that so many of Craig’s fans not only offered their continued condolences to the country star, but also stories about how they have faced similar situations.
“My husband and I also lost our 20 yr old son. They say time heals all, but in my opinion, the pain never changes, you just learn to deal with it a little better as time goes on,” one fan wrote on Facebook. “Holidays and special occasions always seem to be a little harder than other days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and remember you will all be together again someday.”
“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love,” another fan wrote. “It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat and in that hollow part or your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go. Prayers for God’s peace and comfort for you and your family.”
“Not sure if you’ll see this,” another fan wrote, “but I want you to know how much your post is uplifting to so many. My son’s birthday was yesterday. He was 24 when he passed. I’m amazed at how many folks that have replied … have lost their kids. It’s tough, but God does get us through these things. Live for your family and look to seeing your son again.”
And once again, the line between country music fans and family gets blurry, and we realize that none of us is immune from pain in our lives.
How we deal with it is all that really matters.