“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul.”
New meaning now flows through these classic lyrics for musician Joey Feek of the country duo Joey + Rory ever since she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
Joey and Rory have always been known for their authenticity, and for singing beautiful country, gospel and bluegrass music. The couple is abundantly full of faith and hope, despite Joey’s battle with cancer.
She is now receiving in-home hospice care, but she hasn’t given up. Joey is praying for a miracle—and asking us to do the same—but is also praying that she would have peace with whatever God does next, just like the lyrics say, “It is well with my soul.”
In a blog post that Rory wrote after Joey’s health went downhill quickly, he wrote “We came home. Not to die. But to live.”
But Rory’s hope and faith are most evident in what he said here about his relationship with his wife and his relationship with God:
“It’s hard for me to feel slighted, when I know that the career that Joey and I have had—this amazing last 7 years or so—has only been, because God reached out His powerful hand and chose us. He lifted us up from our little farm. And let us see and do things beyond our wildest dreams. And you can’t be in awe of an amazing road that God leads you down, and then be any less in awe of a corner that He has you turn.
I think in the end . . . the good and the bad, He just wants us to give it to Him.
And so we do.”
Joey and Rory both found hope in the simple beauty of the first snow this past November at their home in Indiana. They find joy and peace being with and comforting each other.
Joey called the snow “manna from heaven.”
She said, “I didn’t think I’d get to see snow again. If this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus . . . thank you.”
As an individual and as a couple, Joey is an amazing image of what it’s like to truly follow Jesus, and find peace like a river, even when she’s in the billowing sea. She and Rory hand their lives over to God and allow him to wash their worries away.
Please join us in praying for Joey, Rory, and their entire family.
Photo by Rory Feek at This Life I Live.