Episode 05

Cheri Keaggy: Losing a Parent and Surviving Grief

Three and a half years ago I got a call from my sister saying that my dad had taken his life.

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God can walk us through anything. In Cheri Keaggy’s case it was the death of a parent. This episode makes me ask, how would I walk through a tragedy like that and work on surviving grief? Hopefully, as Cheri did, I would walk through it with scripture, prayer and faith.

Her testimony on how God brought the right Word at the right time is an important reminder for all of us. We limit how much the Holy Spirit can speak to us if we don’t really know our Bible. In addition to comforting us during times of trials, like in Cheri’s case, she also references the importance of knowing the Word of God in times of celebration. These two emotions of joy and pain are both a blessing when they are partnered with scripture and God’s grace. For Cheri, those scriptures are also a guiding light in her songwriting process. This episode goes from surviving grief to grace and we’re excited to share it with our worship tribe.

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Surviving Grief Scripture References

Psalm 116:15

2 Timothy 3:14-15


New Music from Cheri Keaggy:


Who is Cheri Keaggy?

Since the release of her self-titled 1994 Sparrow Records debut, Child of the Father, Cheri Keaggy has been writing and performing songs that have helped listeners around the world give voice to their worship of God. She has released nine albums; garnered nine #1 singles; and was honored with a Dove Award in 1998 for Special Event Album of the Year for God With Us: A Celebration of Christmas Carols and Classics. Her signature songs include “My Faith Will Stay,” “Make My Life An Altar,” “Open My Heart” and “You, Oh Lord, Are My Refuge,” while her “In Remembrance Of Me” and “There Is Joy In The Lord” have been sung in churches around the globe. She has also spoken at women’s events and conferences across the country. Her most recent recording, What I Know To Be True, released earlier this summer and was co-produced by Phil Keaggy

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