There are certain days that turn up on the calendar and hit us directly in the heart. And while we may think that heart is already healed, it can still hurt.
That seems to be what recently happened to Joey+Rory’s Rory Feek, who lost his beloved wife and musical partner, Joey Martin Feek, two years ago.
“I woke up early this morning thinking all about that day, and while [daughter] Indy slept, I pulled up and watched some video clips of Joey’s service for the first time — footage that has been sitting on a hard drive in my bedroom since the funeral,” wrote Rory late in the evening of March 8 on his popular blog, “This Life I Live.” The date marked the two year anniversary of Joey’s memorial service, held days after her death from cancer back in 2016. “It was hard because the pain of losing her is still so fresh … but it was also oh, so beautiful to see again, to remember, to feel,” Rory continued. “Later in the day, while Indy was in preschool, I put a few of the clips together to have something to always remember that day, and to share with all the people who love and miss her just as I do.”
Indeed, while the last two years have certainly been a struggle for Rory, he continues to find the light, especially when it comes to seeing the blessings that still surround him, including 4-year-old Indiana, his beautiful daughter with Joey.
“Even when we think it shouldn’t … life goes on as it must,” he wrote, tugging on the heartstrings of all those going through any sort of loss at the moment. “And God’s hand is always upon it. As I look around and think of the changes that have come in our lives since losing Joey, I can’t help but say ‘It is well,’ because it is. It may not be how we wanted or imagined life would be, but it is, as God has chosen it to be. And as we trust Him and walk forward, it’s easy to see that there is beauty and hope everywhere.”
This positivity has also meant that Rory has come up with a way to share the stage with the love of his life once again.
“We completely remodeled the concert hall and lobby and brought in a 20 foot wide LED wall that we put at the back of the stage,” Rory writes of the performance venue he built on his Tennessee farm. “So besides singing lots of songs, I was able to use video to tell stories and share parts of our life that I’ve never been able to share before. And with the LED wall, Joey was able to be on the stage with me, singing and sharing and still being a part of this beautiful story that God has given us.”