“Waters rise, life gets hard, but the Cross remains.”
That was just one of the comments on the incredible photo Randy Travis shared on his social media accounts yesterday in the wake of devastating flooding across the eastern Kentucky region.
Historic flood waters have claimed the lives of 37 people and counting, with hundreds of Kentuckians still unaccounted for. Thousands and thousands are without shelter, power, food… basic necessities like soap and toothpaste.
Homes have been destroyed, roadways and infrastructure, and even cell service was out.
According to Courier Journal, President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration to send emergency federal funding to relief efforts in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking seeing everything going on there right now, and while some people have lost everything, including their lives and loved ones, Randy offered this message of hope along with a photo that shows the tops of three wooden crosses standing above the rushing waters.
He fittingly added lyrics from his beautiful song “Three Wooden Crosses,” and offered prayers for the victims and families who have been impacted by the flooding:
“Picture from the floods in KY.
‘There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway Why there’s not four of them, Heaven only knows I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you It’s what you leave behind you when you go’
Keeping all of the victims and the families affected by the awful flooding in eastern KY in our prayers.”
It really is an almost-unbelievable photo, and a beautiful reminder of hope in a sad and tragic time like the ones the people of eastern Kentucky are experiencing right now:
Originally written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, “Three Wooden Crosses” was included on Randy’s 2002 Rise and Shine album, and became his 16th and final #1 single.
It was also named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2003, and won a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association as Country Song of the Year in 2004.
And we’ve seen a couple country stars and Kentucky natives getting their hands dirty out in the local communities trying to help however they can, both literally and figuratively, as Tyler Childers was spotted in Letcher county over the weekend lending his support:
Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kentucky right now, and if you want to help the victims of the flooding, Chris’ charity Outlaw State Of Kind has also pledged to donate funds to the Kentucky Red Cross, as well as the Appalachia Crisis Fund.
This one never fails to give me chills, and seeing that photo just takes it to a whole other level: