Kathie Lee Gifford has written a moving to her late husband Frank Gifford one year after his death.
“I’ve gotten through this past year the way I've gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore,” the Today host wrote in an open letter. “God doesn't promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time. He broke life into 24-hour periods because that's all we can handle. The next day, you reach for your fresh cup of mercy that you need every bit as much as the day before.”
Frank, a Hall of Famer football legend, died on August 9, 2015, at home in Connecticut, from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), caused by years of head trauma linked to playing football. He was 84.
Katie wrote of finding him on a Sunday morning last year.
“When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone. The look on his face was complete and total wonder. I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That's the way I want to go. He passed away still beautiful and one week shy of 85. He went ready to go to church that day. And you know what, he sure did go to church that day!
“We had Frank for a lot of years and we had him in great health and we have many, many memories. If you keep thinking about what you lost, you will fall in despair. Concentrate on what you still have and the memories and the knowledge that you will all be united one day.
“For other people grieving the loss of a loved one, I would tell them it's impossible to do it on your own. You need to immerse yourself in the word of God. What I would do is get up in the morning and spend time in prayer. Start really learning as much Scripture as possible so you can quote it without looking it up, so it's in your DNA. You can call on it when you're feeling challenged in your faith.
“I am not saying it's easy. I am saying it's possible,” she wrote.
The two were married in October 1986 and had two children together, a daughter, Cassidy, 23, and a son, Cody, 26.
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