We were saddened to hear that over the weekend our dear sister in Christ, Joey Feek, passed away after a two year battle with cancer, but we rejoice in the fact that her suffering has ended. All the pain and tears are gone and she now resides in Heaven with her Savior. As her husband Rory said on his blog, Joey’s “greatest dream came true.”
Losing a loved one is incomparable to any other feeling in this world—a piece of you goes with them and leaves an unfillable hole within. But in Christ, we can find joy and comfort in the fact that death on earth means new life in Heaven. Our life on earth is just a snippet of the eternity we will spend with Christ if we believe in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. An eternity spent without pain, without suffering, and without tears.
Rory echoed this idea in his last blog post on the This Life I Live blog:
“Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy ... 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 [than] you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.”
We say goodbye to Joey today, but with the confidence that she is happier now than she’s ever been.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25–26 NIV
Join us in praying for Rory, their children and their friends and family during this difficult time.
Photo Credit: joeyandrory.com