One of the perennial questions asked by both Christians and non-Christians is why does God allow us to suffer? This was the question on Rory Feek's mind. His wife Joey Feek is suffering from the last stages of terminal cancer. Joey + Rory are a country music duo who have recorded 6 studio albums. On Valentine's Day, the Feeks will be releasing their final hymns album. Hymns that Are Important to Us.
On his blog, This Life I Live, Rory wrestles with the question of his wife's illness: "Why would He give us such an incredible addition, and allow it to be followed by such a heartbreaking subtraction?
I cannot even begin to imagine going home to Tennessee without Joey, or living my life and raising Indy without her... but chances are, that day is coming.
Joey and I both have questions. Lots of them. Hard questions that we don't have any answers for. But still, we have faith - we choose to believe. I think that's why they call it faith. If we knew all the answers, no faith would be required."
Despite not having the answers, the Feeks try to make the best of the time God has given to them: "And so Joey and I do our best each day to only see the plus's in our life.
...like all the extra days and weeks that we've been given together (the doctors here didn't expect Joey to make it to Thanksgiving, and here we are near the end of January), and all the beautiful conversations and time we've had with her family. And the amazing gift of life-slowing-down-to-a-crawl and only having and needing THIS moment in time. And of course, the incredible amount of love and support that the whole world has shown for us during this special time.
And every morning, when our little one wakes and I pick her up from her crib and take her in to see her mama - and her sleepy little almond eyes look into ours, once more we see..."