“Waters rise, life becomes hard, but the cross remains.”
That was just one of the comments on the incredible photo Randy Travis was shared on his social media accounts yesterday following devastating flooding in the eastern Kentucky region.
Historic flooding has claimed 37 lives and counting, and hundreds of Kentuckians remain missing. Thousands and thousands are without shelter, electricity, food… basic necessities like soap and toothpaste.
Homes were destroyed, roads and infrastructure were destroyed, and even cell service was down.
Corresponding courier journal, President Joe Biden has authorized a major disaster declaration to provide federal emergency assistance to relief efforts in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties.
It is absolutely heartbreaking to see what is going on there and while some people have lost everything including their lives and loved ones, Randy offered this message of hope along with a photo showing the tops of three wooden crosses that standing above the rushing water.
Appropriately adding lyrics from his beautiful song “Three Wooden Crosses,” he prayed for the victims and families affected by the flooding:
“Image from the floods in KY.
“There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway
Heaven knows why there aren’t four
I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind
It’s what you leave behind when you leave.
We are extending our prayers to all of the victims and families affected by the terrible flooding in eastern Kentucky.”
It really is an almost unbelievable photo and a beautiful reminder of hope in a sad and tragic time like the people of eastern Kentucky are experiencing right now:
“Three Wooden Crosses” was originally written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson and was included in Randy’s in 2002 Rise and shine album and became his 16th and final No. 1 single.
It won 2003 Country Music Association Song of the Year and won a 2004 Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Country Song of the Year.
And we’ve seen a few country stars and Kentucky Native Americans get their hands dirty in the local communities to help out wherever they can, both literally and figuratively, as Tyler Childers over the weekend in Letcher County was seen giving his support:
Chris Stapleton was recently seen at a local Walmart Buying relief supplies for flood victims in his home country:
Our thoughts and prayers are now with the people of Kentucky and if you would like to help those affected by the floods, Chris’ charity Lawless state of the art has also pledged to donate funds to the Kentucky Red Cross and the Appalachia Crisis Fund.
This one always gives me goosebumps, and seeing this photo takes it to a whole other level:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/02/randy-travis-shares-breathtaking-photo-of-three-wooden-crosses-standing-above-the-raging-flood-waters-that-have-devastated-eastern-kentucky/ Randy Travis Shares Breathtaking Photo Of Three Wooden Crosses Standing Above The Raging Flood Waters That Have Devastated Eastern Kentucky