The 2016 Grammy Award nominees were released this morning, and one of the most surprising, yet well-deserved, nominations went to Joey+Rory for their song “If I Needed You.”
Townes Van Zandt first recorded the song back in 1973, but the husband-wife duo created their own rendition in 2014. It was released on their album Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, and it features the intimate story of their daughter Indiana’s home birth.
Since Joey Feek’s terminal cancer diagnosis, the song carries a whole new meaning, as it’s truly become an anthem for their lives and the trying journey the Feeks have been facing.
But they’ve been facing it head on, with faith and not fear.
In their blog This Life I Live, Rory wrote, “Joey’s hope never fades. No amount of pain or medicine can touch it. It runs too deep,”
“It’s connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything.”
Though Joey entered hospice several weeks ago, she is still hopeful for a Christmas miracle. “Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana’s second birthday in February,” shared Rory.
But Joey knows the timing is in God’s hands and she is at peace with that.
In an interview with The Tennessean, she said, “I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know He’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
Joey shared her emotional reaction to discovering the cancer was spreading beyond what doctors could help in saying, “More than anything, I felt like I failed at something.”
“I thought I did everything,” she continued through tears. “But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and He needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
Watch as she sings this heavenly hymn to her Savior in a beautiful performance of “Softly and Tenderly.” The day He chooses to take her, God will surely have the voice of an angel serenading Him up there…
Congrats on the much deserved honor, Joey & Rory—and keep fighting the good fight!
Please join us in praying for Joey Feek, that she may get her Christmas miracle.