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Joey + Rory = True Love

Joey + Rory = True Love

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Joey Feek died yesterday.

Four words. How can they possibly summarize the fact that the world has been robbed of one of the good ones?

Did I know Joey?

No. Not personally.

My awareness of who she was began in 2008 when I went to Nashville for a series of songwriting workshops. One of the workshops I attended was given by Rory Feek, then known only to me as a songwriter who’d had songs cut by Collin Raye and Blake Shelton.

That was certainly impressive, but his Nashville success wasn’t what struck me most during his session with those of us there to learn about songwriting. What struck me about Rory Feek was the way he spoke of his wife during that session.

He talked about her a good bit that day. Told us that she was a singer and that she had an incredible voice.

I write stories about people and love, and I was instantly taken with how clearly Rory Feek adored the woman who was his wife. I thought at the time that she must be really special and that they were fortunate to have found each other.

It wasn’t until later that I saw a picture of her somewhere and could see how beautiful she was. They were a compelling couple, Rory in his faded overalls, Joey the dark-haired beauty by his side. And I remember hearing of their audition on the show Can You Duet and the way their careers took off from there.

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It was easy to want to root for them. I read about their farm in Tennessee and the admirable life they’d built there together. They were just obviously made for each other.

And so when I learned of Joey’s illness some months ago, I just felt struck with sadness. How could this beautiful young mother with so much to teach her precious little girl Indiana be losing her battle with cancer? She wasn’t even forty years old.

I thought about Rory, the man I’d listened to in Nashville who had spoken of her with such convicted adoration. And I could not begin to imagine his grief.

Like so many others, I’ve followed Rory’s blog This Life I Live where he has detailed the heartbreaking journey he and his lovely wife and child have been on. If you want a real-life illustration of what true love is, read Rory’s This Life I Live.

May God bless and keep you, Rory, Joey and Indiana. True love never dies. You’ll be together again one day.

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