Saturday on the Porch

Hey and howdy all!   As I followed rabbit holes last night trying to find something for today’s porch, I remembered a song that I used to love- because tomorrow’s porch is a little bit about what we love about Sundays.

Now I’m in a bit of a conundrum, because I don’t know if I should include that today or wait til tomorrow lol.  Oh what the heck. Maybe I’ll post it today and it can be a lead up for tomorrow’s post.

 

Michael and I used to listen to a lot of country music, and both of us liked Craig’s stuff a lot.  But this is the one Michael always loved the most…  hard, sad, but not… because for those going, there’s nothing sad about being Almost Home.

This is going to be a bit of a spotlight, because it’s been a long time since I’ve listened to much of Craig Morgan’s music.  I always liked his ways of telling a story, because his stories, are real life, gritty, happy, heart breaking, real people and America the way we remember.  I also want to spotlight his life behind the stage.

Morgan, born in Tennessee became an Emergency medical technician at age 18. He served on active duty for nine and a half years in the US Army as a member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and remained in the reserves for another six and a half years.  He started his music career a few years after his return home, after working various blue collar jobs.

In February 2011, Morgan rescued two young children from a burning house in Dickson, Tennessee, and then worked a  fire hose to help put out the fire.  Once a hero, always a hero.  He also frequently performs at military bases both in the U.S. and around the world and on USO tours. He was awarded the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of US soldiers and their families.  Morgan has been active in raising money for the Special operations warrior foundation and holds an annual two-day charity (Craig Morgan Charity Fund) for Billy’s Place.  Morgan came up with the idea for Billy’s Place while serving as an assistant Dickson County sheriff’s deputy from 1995 to 1996.

A lot can happen in life between successes and hard work.  Things can rock one’s world, and turn life upside down.  We don’t all handle the tough things as well as we’d like, sometimes folks retreat, others find outlets to help themselves heal, and sometimes surprisingly, find that others’ are healed or by those outlets.

Craig praises God for “how He has used something so traumatic in my life for good.”  He and his wife Karen lost their oldest son Jerry in a rafting accident in 2016. He was 19 years old.  This tragedy moved Craig to write the incredible, raw, emotional yet one of those kinds of open outlets that has helped so many other parents.  It’s called,  “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost.”

You need paper towels, but man, what an amazing song.

I know he replaces THE Son, with his son, but I can understand the reason. While I know loss, I can’t imagine the loss of a child.  I don’t know how I’d deal with that, but I know God would be right there as He always has been through everything. Craig knows his son is with THE Son.  So much of this song… I know the feeling only on a different level.   There’s still hope in death, because it’s a part of life.  For believers we know real life doesn’t begin until we go Home.

sigh. Seems like I’ve brought heavy stuff to the porch again, and I don’t mean to.  Just a lot of memories flooding through my mind right now. Good ones though. And while sad, I still love these songs for all the reasons I wrote above, and more.   As with so much of the music I listen to these days, the lyrics are relatable, healing and give hope….

OK That’s it from this end of the porch.  I hope folks will drop by, share some stuff, and have a beautiful Saturday!

ooh, one more thing…

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