“You are loved, loved, loved!”

Chris­tian singer Amy Grant has spent more than 30 years spread­ing hope, light and love to the world. But af­ter en­dur­ing the sor­row of los­ing both her par­ents and soon fac­ing life as an empty nester, the 58-year- old has had to over­come grief and fear to e

Woman's World - - Wise Words - By Deb­o­rah Evans Price

Amy ad­mit of bless­ings. Grant that is her the The life first six- is full to time a suc­cess­ful Grammy ca­reer, win­ner raised has four had won­der­ful pily mar­ried chil­dren to Coun­try and is Mu­sic hapHall of Famer Vince Gill. Yet even with these gifts, the mu­si­cian has not been im­mune to hard­ship and heart­break. “This will be the first year our fam­ily will be cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas without ei­ther of my par­ents,” Amy shares with Woman’s World, sad­ness echo­ing in her voice. “My mom passed away in 2011, and we just lost my dad this past June. He had de­men­tia, and we took care of him for a long time. So when he passed, I think my sis­ters and I all felt a lit­tle un­teth­ered.” To cope with her grief, Amy took some time off to travel. “I picked up and went all over the coun­try, vis­it­ing friends and writ­ing,” she says. “I loved my par­ents, but I felt like it was time for me to open a new chap­ter.” Part of this new chap­ter, Amy shares, is fac­ing that she and Vince will soon be empty nesters when their youngest daugh­ter, Cor­rina, grad­u­ates from high school and Amy’s two daugh­ters from her first mar­riage get mar­ried next year. And while Amy is en­joy­ing dot­ing on her two grand­kids from Vince’s daugh­ter, Jenny, she also ad­mits she’s learn­ing to nav­i­gate the lone­li­ness and uncer­tainty of this new sea­son. “Kids grow up and there’s grief in that,” Amy ad­mits. “There’s al­ways that cy­cle: You dream of some­thing, it hap­pens, and sud­denly it passes, leav­ing you ask­ing, ‘What’s the next dream?’ But I know there are new bless­ings to come. Every day is full of pos­si­bil­ity!” Here, Amy shares how she finds hope no mat­ter what comes next.

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