Joey Feek "Ready to Go Home"

Joey Feek "Ready to Go Home"

January 11, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - Rory Feek updated his blog on January 9, 2016 with the difficult news that his wife, Joey, is nearing the end of her terminal battle with cancer.  On ThisLiveILive.com he shared words he'd been reluctant to say these past few months.

"And now, here I sit beside my dying wife," writes Feek.

"I don’t say those words lightly.  As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all.  But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days.  Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable.  The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days.

I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing.  But I can’t.

Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus.  She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home."

The blog entry, titled "When I'm Gone," reflects on the song of the same name which they recorded for the 2012 album His & Hers.

"The day we made the video," Feek remembers, "our plans were to just have Joey and I sing the song in front of the cameras and Sandy play piano in the background.  We lit candles and transformed our barn into a beautiful studio set.  But an hour or two before shooting started, Gabe and Aaron and BA came to me and said we have an idea… they said, “what if you’re the one who has lost someone and Joey’s singing to you?”

"I didn’t like it. I told them so.  It hit too close to home.

"It wasn’t what I wanted… but it’s what the song wanted.   And though it scared me for us to be that vulnerable, it was also what our whole lives and music career was about – being real… being honest."

As Joey's journey ends, Rory can't help but see the importance of that song in their lives.

"Our ‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true.  Some call it ‘life imitating art’.  I don’t.  I call it God.

"He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye… not just once, but a thousand times.  And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still.  And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice… she would only be a ‘click’ away."

Please send cards and letters to:

Rory Feek
P.O. Box 5471
Vancouver, WA 98668

Also of interest to fans, a deluxe CD edition of the upcoming Joey + Rory album, “Hymns & Stories That Are Important to Us” is available for pre-sale exclusively through Cracker Barrel. 

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