When country star, Craig Strickland, left for a hunting trip, he was expecting to come home. But tragedy is like a sucker punch — you typically don’t see it coming, and the unexpectedness only intensifies the sting. But how Craig’s family is responding to his unexpected death is a truly inspiring example of faith.
Craig was a singer in the up-and-coming country rock band, Backroad Anthem. After Christmas, he decided to head out with his friend, Chase Morland, to do some duck hunting at Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake. Unfortunately, a fierce winter storm was hitting the area at the same time with rain, sleet and snow, wind gusts of up to 45 mph and wind chills as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Craig’s bandmates expressed their heartache through Facebook, offering up Revelation 21:4 for solace.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
The loss is incredibly heartbreaking. But the faith shown by Craig’s loved ones is truly amazing. Helen continues to turn to God for strength during this time of grief.
As the family prepared to lay Craig to rest, Helen asked fans to pray that the Lord would give her the strength to get through the memorial service. She found comfort in the signs God sent her in her darkest moments.
And through all of the tears and heartache, Helen never stopped praising God.