Chris Picco should have been singing “Happy Birthday,” to his newborn son, Lennon.
But Lennon’s birthday was a somber one. On November 8, 2014, Chris’ wife of seven years, Ashley, passed away suddenly in her sleep. She was 24 weeks pregnant. The doctors who had fought to save her life turned their attention to Lennon, who was born via emergency C-section 16 weeks earlier than planned.
Chris, a worship leader in Loma Linda, California, lost his beloved wife and welcomed his newborn son in the same day. In the face of such an enormous tragedy, Chris did the unthinkable: He sang.
On November 10, Chris posted on his Facebook page, “Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music, so I brought my guitar today and gave him a little concert. Continue to pray for a miracle for my precious, perfect little guy!”
Chris serenaded his son with an emotional rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” which has gained over 17 million views on YouTube.
Then, after only four days of life, Lennon joined his mother in Heaven. And Chris used his voice again, only this time, it was at the funeral for his wife and son.
His beautiful rendition of, “My Father’s World” shows the power of God to bring people closer together, even through tragedy.
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