Things are looking brighter for Rory Feek a month after the death of his wife Joey. Joey died earlier in March after a bout with terminal cervical cancer. Currently, the couple's final album Hymns that Are Important to Us sits at #1 on Billoard's Christian Album Chart. The hymns album, where the couple tackles some of their favorite hymns in an acoustic setting, is also 2016 best selling Christian album so far. Personally, things are looking a tad brighter for Rory. He finds comfort and encouragement from a group of men who meets with him once a week.
In his blog, Rory introduces us to some of his friends that come to encourage him weekly. One of them is his neighbor Gabe - who also happens to be the father of Scout, Feek's daughter Indiana's best friend, and worked with Joey + Rory on many video-related projects. "Some are doctors and some are musicians that travel the world and perform. Two of the guys, Chris and Matt, own a little coffee shop nearby in Columbia called Muletown Coffee and they supply the inspiration. Both of them have little ones like I do and their wives used midwives when they had their babies, so we have a lot in common."
They would meet for coffee, along with a group of other men, "and do man stuff - whatever that is. Mostly talk and share stories and laugh ... There's no agenda. No plan to get to the bottom of anything ... except our coffee cups."
Feek writes that, during these get-togethers, they "laugh," "heal" and "ponder what's next in our lives. What story God is using us to tell."
"It might be something heavy and profound - like what Joey and I've been through the last year or two - where you feel His presence and you know you can not get through a single day without Him. Or it might be something much smaller. A moment that seems insignificant, but most likely it's not," he explains, adding, "In my life, it's never been the big events that change everything ... it's always been the small ones. The ones that you don't think matter. But they do.
"And so I will celebrate and capture the big stories and the small ones in my life," Feek continues. "Because they are all part of a much larger story that someone else is telling. A story about healing a heart that is broken. Too broken to talk about, so we don't. We just drink coffee. And we laugh."