A note from Amy…

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Amy Grant 368 Comments

(Some of you have emailed with questions about why Vince and Amy recently pulled out of the James Taylor concert at Carnegie Hall schedule for April 20th.  I thought it best you hear directly from Amy….)

My mom is currently under hospice care and living at our home.

We believe she is in her final days.

A good death is made possible because of a life well lived.

I so appreciate this time of family togetherness honoring my amazing mother.

Prayers are welcome…

xo

  • Leslie Echols

    Praying for you and your family as you walk this journey together.

    Your words…”A good death is made possible because of a life well lived.” resonate with me…that was so very true of both my Dad (who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59) and my baby sister (who was called home at 36, after a 2 1/2 yr journey with breast cancer).

    Even in the midst of great heartache, we know that God IS good…He is ALWAYS FAITHFUL…and we have the assurance that one day we will join those who have gone home to heaven before us, because of the greatest gift of all…God’s son, Jesus.

    Continuing to remember you and your family in prayer.

    Blessings,
    ♥ ~Leslie

  • Natalie Melchiore

    Dearest Amy,

    My many prayers are lifting you and your family up right now. Admittedly, my heart is saddened reading your note above. Your mom has for many, many years been in my thoughts and prayers. She took her place in my heart as one of the most gracious women I have ever had the privilege to meet. I will never forget her generosity and sweetness on December 21, 1994, at the Opry after your Christmas Show that year.

    I have, for all these years, admired her and strived to treat others with that type of attention.

    I believe God has richly blessed us all who have had the privilege of knowing her …. and I pray that His love and grace rests well within your home as you love and care for her in these days. May God be with you all. Much love to you, Gloria-!

  • http://BearSheCottage.blogspot.com Sheila

    My prayers are with you and your family. We have just recently lost my father-in-law 4/5 and know the sorrow that this time brings. I know you love mother and wrote about it in song. I wish you strength and of the joy of knowing where your mother will be.

  • Rebecca

    Hey Amy, I woke up this a.m. thinking about you and ‘thought I’d check on your website to see how things are going. I had no idea you were going thru this. Indeed, my prayers are with you all–I was just humming the song you sing about (unafraid) and the phrase of “getting closer to heaven each day”. It’s a beautiful song…’I think God gives us music to help thru these times. I know you have helped me immensely.

    Take care of you, Rebecca

  • Barb

    Dear Amy,

    You certainly made the decision which only a heart full of God’s unconditional love would do. I keep your mom and family close to my heart and prayers. I hope to see you again somewhere down the road….I saw you at the Palace in Greensburg and with Michael at the Benedum. You are an inspiration. I remember being so struck by the words, “THe only good in me is only there because of who you are.” I was about 13 when I heard these words….they have stayed in my spirit since then. I am now 41. Blessings!

    Barb

  • Shellie Kepley

    I found this from the Tennessean:

    Pam Mark Hall says:
    September 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Growing up on the west coast, I’d never seen impatiens prior to moving to Nashville 28 years ago. The first week here, I had lunch with Gloria Grant (Amy’s mom) as landscapers planted hundreds of white impatiens around the perimeter of the backyard. Gloria Grant (mother of Amy,Kathy, Carol and Mimi; and wife of renowned oncologist, Burton) deserves her own celebratory corner of the garden (or dispersed throughout) but there should be an gloria Grant impatienws in the garden. She is one of the classiest, loving, generous women in Nashville.

    ***

    http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2009/09/28/nashville-music-garden-grows/

    ***

    I’ll always remember how Amy described her mother’s face being like looking into an April sky. I cannot wait to meet her in heaven. What a privilege to have a Momma like her:

    “I got a mama who prays for me
    She fights the devil down on her knees
    I can’t see all that mama sees
    But it’s part of who I am

    She gave me truth and she watched me grow…”

    More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/f/faith_hill/#share

    Shellie, Tulsa via Reno (met Amy both places!)

  • Patricia

    Amy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you and may you feel his presence at this time.

  • Claire Giles

    Amy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. It is times like these that I reflect on the poem ‘footprints’, a part which says:

    “Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me.”

    He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”

    I really struggled when I lost a close friend very suddenly but these words alongside your inspirational music helped me through.

    God bless

    Claire x

  • Jennifer

    Dear Amy,
    May the Lord carry you and your family through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Andrea

    The bible says that even Jesus wept at the death of those he loved. And in your time of transition with such a sensitive and tough time, you and your family are in my prayers.

  • sally

    much love.. Amy..Kathy..Mimi..Carol.. standing with you ..all the way..

  • MeLinda Ogaard

    Just finished reading “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. I thought of you and your family. If you haven’t read it yet I think is would be quite the encouragement during this time.
    God Bless
    XOXO
    MeLinda Ogaard

  • Diana

    What a testament…..it is well with her soul…..What a beautiful life she has journeyed and completed……Stay Strong….God is good!

  • http://FOA.com Emily Hall

    Amy, With all of my heart I pray for you and your sisters and Dad. As well as for every grandchild and great grandchild. Your Mother has touched many lives and her voice will never leave you. What a joy to have a Mother who loves you with all her heart, who raises children who both love and admire her. The love of living life to it’s most and sharing that with your Father and with each of you. There are many treasures in this life, but there is a true treasure in Mothers that cannnot compare to any other relationship in our lives. They are treasured companions, our greatest supporter and most ardent advocates. They talk to the Lord about us all the time. I pray that the Lord will bless your remaining time with your Mother. God Bless everyone in your family as your Mother goes Home.
    With Love. Emily

  • olga a hdz

    we will be praying for you and your family God is the only one that can give us strength in any situation and we will be praying for your mom may God bless you always!!!!!! we love u all

  • Vicki Bosler

    May this time with your mother leave you feeling blessed. It is such an intimate time. I work in senior living, and I experience end of life through our residents and their families. Please be sure to also take care of yourself throughout this chapter of your life as well. Easter blessings to you and your family, particularly at this tender time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doozer2268 Deborah Dove

    Dearest Amy,

    You ministered to my mom through your songs all throughout her later years in life. She loved you so much. The last song she heard was “I can only imagine” and I am thankful knowing that she is no longer imagining!

    You ministered to me while waiting to perform on the Today show. I always bring you flowers when you perform on our show and I was talking to you and your assistant. My mom had passed only a month or so before this moment and your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion for me were a much needed balm for some very painful wounds. I truly believe you were there because God knew I needed some help along the road.

    I know the pain of losing a mother, but you and I also know that this is only “until we meet again”. And how sweet will that reunion be!

    You and your family are in my prayers. I wish you could feel the love all of your fans have for you and that it will sustain you during this time.

    God is with you right there. Rest in His arms when the sadness overwhelms.

  • Terri

    I am keeping you and your family in prayers as you journey through this difficult tine in your life. My own dear father has just been diagnosed with end term mesothelioma. Your songs have always touched a place deep in my soul and now a deeply shared experience as well.

  • Becki Smith

    Amy,
    I have grown up with you and your music my entire life, and I totally support the decision you have made to be with your mom at this time. I have recently gone throught the same this with a wonderful man of God who I was pround to call my Uncle and honorary father. I sufford quit a bit of anger from co-workers and bosses over my decision to be there with him. But I would change a thing. These are memories that will help you as you all grieve when she passes to Heavens gate to be welcomed by our Lord. I pray for all of you as you go through this together and that God will wrap you in His arms of strength and comfort for you , Vince and all of your families.
    My deepest , heart felt and understanding sympathy. Stay strong.

  • http://www.womenpursuinggod.com Cheryl Davis

    Praying for you as you go through this difficult time. God is near. c

  • http://email dani

    everday pray for your mom

  • Sharon McNamara

    Amy…you love your mom the way I love my mom…no words, really, can do her justice….life without them can not be the same. But, wow, to have had our moms along the way…Blessings unmeasured!!

    My thoughts are with you, Amy. Sharon

  • Ella Abate

    Amy,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. These are rough days but God is good & he will bring her home. We just saw you & Vince at the Ryman a few weeks ago & you were both amazing. May God bless you all at this time & always.

  • Kimberli Johnson

    Amy,
    I was just asking my mom to pray for you and your family and she told me that just the other day you were on her heart, wow, my my is 70 years old and the mother of 5 girls and one son, I grew up listening to your music and she took me to my first concert to see you at the “Jesus People” church in Minneapolis. My point in all of this is, God is so faithful, he laid you on the heart of a little mamma in Minneapolis. Please know we are praying for you and your entire family.

    Sincerely,
    Kimberli

  • george miller

    Amy, the Lord placed this simple prayer for me to send to you

    Strong and tender
    a blessing from Thee
    strong & tender
    a mother for me

    she blessed our lives
    a teacher so rare
    she brought us Your name
    by patience and grace

    thank you my Lord
    my bounty to take
    thank you my Lord
    my blessings so great

    we praise you Lord
    your gift from above
    thank you Jesus
    for my mother to love
    thank you Jesus
    for her tender loving soul

    BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  • http://fan WANDA DIAZ

    Amy all the best for your family.i will pray for your mom tonight. love you and you are a great person what you do sing.love fan wanda d…..

  • Cindy Verbanas

    Dear Amy (and family),
    You have been in my prayers since I heard about your mother. I understand how valuable these days are in hospice care. My mother was in hospice care also for her last days with Parkinson’s. It is such a bitter sweet time of life. I am lifting your heart and the hearts of your children up to be comforted at this time. God bless all of you.

    Cindy

  • Mary Baseler

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother. Mine passed away in1992, but she is always with me. Mary

  • Jody Thuemmler

    Dear Amy and family~ Thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time in your lives! I have never had the priviledge of meeting your Mom, but felt in ways that I knew her from your various stories and especially your amazing song Unafraid! Stay strong and know that God is in control and He will carry you through, along with your family, friends and fans! May God Bless You always:) Love you, Jody

  • joan

    Dear Amy &family.. I hold all of you close in prayer and pray that Jesus wraps His loving arms around all of you in the days of this journey. Y’all are giving your mom the greatest gift possible….your love and your presence. His words tell us that he knows the very groanings of our hearts, that He has chosen us before we chose him and that He is with us always, in happy and sad, in lightness and darkness, in laughter and in tears. I’m sure that yall are experiencing shades of all of these right now. C.S. Lewis’s wife was quoted as they were living in her last days…that ” the sadness that comes later is part if the happiness that is being experienced now.” Peace, love and prayers to y’all. Joan, Sunset Beach, NC.

  • Michelle Perez

    Hi Amy, if I may mention, I was introduced to your music at the age of 10. Having grown up in a not so perfect up bringing I found
    Much comfort and peace in your music. I was reintroduced to your music particularly “Raining On The Inside”, My dearest Aunt played it in the car Easter weekend. It felt so great to reconnect with God thru your song. Thank you for this. My faith assures me that God will continue to give you strength.. May God be with you every second.

  • http://www.marketamerica.com/hill Nancy Hill

    A good death is made possible because of a life well lived- Amen!
    2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
    Prayer for peace to you all.
    Nancy Hill

  • Greg and Judy Groves

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these loving days and moments. “Somewhere down the road there will be answere to the questions”. With Love and Prayers -Judy and Greg

  • Kat Stephanson

    Amy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. My Father has alzheimers and may not be with us this time next year so I know the pain you are feeling. God Bless you!

  • Jennifer Carter-Nickerson

    The memory of you singing “After the Fire” to your dear mother on Oprah some years ago was a sweet moment and I’m sure you’re heart is heavy at this time. Remember that a mother’s love is steadfast and infinite. My prayer for you and your family…”God, please bring your peace and love around Amy Grant and her family. Her words written above, “A good death is made possible because of a life well lived”, is a true testiment of her strong faith in you”. Amen.

  • Jennifer Carter-Nickerson

    Amy, funny I would check your website today, I hate to admit it, but it’s been awhile since I have. I took my son to work today for bring your child to work day. I do engineering accounting, but I also do CASA volunteer work and before adopting our son and daughter about 7 years ago, I was a volunteer victim advocate with a local police department in the Denver, Colorado area. Probably one of my most challenging call outs back then was responding to Columbine. This evening before we left the office, my son asked me about Columbine and he wanted to know why people do bad things (my son just turned 10). I told him I don’t have the answer and I thought of “Somewhere Down the Road”. You had released this song just before Columbine and how it was your song of choice when you performed for the Columbine remembrance. So I pulled it up on You Tube for Timmy to see. I explained to him that this song brought me comfort even before Columbine, but certainly even more so after. After listening, he put his arm around me and said, “I’m proud of you mom, you’re a hero”. I’m not, but in his eyes I am. What could make a mom more proud than her child who loves their mother this much? I’m sure you’re mother is as proud of you as you are of her.

  • Amy Lee

    Sorry to hear about your mom. Saying a prayer for your family.

    Amy Lee

  • Julia

    Amy and family my thoughts and prayers are with you! May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

  • David McCoy

    Amy,
    The first time I ever heard a note from your lips was “The Now and the Not Yet.” What a beautiful, powerful, engaging song that is. And, yet, still relevant to your situation today. May God shower you and your family with his Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. You have been such a profound blessing in our families lives. You take care of your mom – you are absolutely doing the right thing. We will gladly wait to see you when all this passes. Just know that you are loved and prayed for by the McCoy’s in Mount Vernon WA.
    David McCoy

  • sheri

    I have always wanted to let you know that as a teen I had some tough times and there was always an Amy Grant song to pull me through, I hope that you can have a song to pull you through. Your music has meant more than words can say and it brings tears to my eyes right now to tell you this. May the peace that passes all understanding fill your heart and life. Don’t stop singing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Keith Andreotta

    Amy, I am so very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She is with the Lord but it is hard none the less for those left behind. I will keep her, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

  • http://none Andrea Latham

    Dear Amy,
    I am so sorry. The hope we have as Christians, is that we shall see our loved ones soon. My husband has a major brain tumor and we are facing some very tough times ahead. It isn’t easy with the unpredictability of this illness, but knowing that God holds each and everyone one of His own in a special way and gives comfort to us when we face this temporary seperation. May His Love and Mercy see you through. Prayers to you and your family. Until we all meet …maranatha.

  • Kim W.

    Amy, I was so sorry to hear the news. You have been such a comfort and inspiration to me and untold millions of people over the years. I pray that God’s peace that passes all understanding will comfort you and your family. Know that you are loved, appreciated and supported by many!

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7nen6/ Dore Williamson

    Amy, Your mother’s work was done. She has raised her children and what a wonderful job she has done. She lead you to God and you answered the call. I realize how watching a loved one move on to the next life with angels at her side, can be difficult and painful for our own hearts and our love couldn’t have been stronger for them, while we wonder if we made all of the right choices along the way. But know this… there is NOTHING that happened that could have been changed because we all are sitting on the same mercy seat together and we should know by now, the price has been paid. Weep not for you will see your beloved mother again, but be happy for her now, for she is enjoying the love of family and friends who went before to prepare the way and homecoming for her in heaven while angels watch over them. Party for sure! She has achieved what we all long for, at home with the Father. Love you Amy, come back to the front.

  • Marci White

    Amy,

    My heart goes out to you, in the loss of your mother. Although expected, it is never easy to say goodbye. I can’t tell you how many times that your music has influenced me through the years. As a christian, I pray for your continued success, to be able to show others Christ’s love.

  • Cheryl Krohnert

    Thank you Amy, for sharing your life with us – your joys and your pain.
    Through your generosity of sharing life’s ups and down, a multitude of lives have been touched.
    Praying as you adjust to this new phase of life.
    Cheryl Krohnert

  • Sherry Thrasher

    Dearest Amy,
    I have just read about your mother’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In following your career, your love for family is clear. Many of the traits that you share were certainly learned first from your parents. Your mother was a beautiful godly woman who gifted this world with four beautiful daughters. Your words have been instrumental in my Christian walk. Surely your mother now listens to music that we cannot even fathom. I will continue to pray for you all and most especially for your father. May God surround you all and keep you strong in these most difficult moments.

    With love as always,
    Sherry

  • barry christiansen

    may God bless you and your family with compleate understanding of the mistery of Life and death as we pass through day by day with his gracious Love and understanding of who we are through his Love and understanding in Jesus Christ .Amen Amy;Amen G.B.U

  • Erin Liva

    Dear Amy,
    May God wrap His arms around you and hold you during this difficult time.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Payton

    How blessed your family is to have an amazing mother! She is dancing with the Angels now. God bless you and your sweet family Amy. God has touched with a special gift to reach out to others in their time of need.

    May we be a comfort back to you! Payton

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