CCM singer and songwriter Brandon Heath's father passed away yesterday. His father passed away after a season of long illness. Being a very private person, Heath has seldom spoken about his family. Nevertheless, he did write on social media expressing his sadness over his father's passing.
"I lost my Dad yesterday. It's been a long hard couple of days for me, but it's been a long hard 4 years for him. He's been very sick for a long time. While there's some relief to see his battle end and his adventure in Heaven begin, there's grief down here. I found out Saturday that he was slipping away, and this slideshow of us together started playing in my mind."
"It was honestly so beautiful. Memories of him that I had forgotten came back like post cards from the past that just got lost in the mail. He was not only a good dad, he was a good man. He loved people really well, but he was crazy about me. My mom told him early on she might not ever be able to have a child because of some health complications. And here I am. I was strong through the whole thing yesterday, until I got home last night. I fell on my bed and I was 4 years old again, missing my daddy. I miss him today too. And I will tomorrow."
"I'm supposed to be in Colorado tomorrow with a bunch of my friends playing on the Red Rocks stage. It's a holy place. I thought about pulling out. But honestly I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be. Worshiping and joining the choir of praises for a God who is Love! And as we sing toward heaven, as my friend Al put it "My hunch is that it will be the featured music at the welcome party he is currently enjoying. Can't you imagine the announcement, "And now, for a special surprise!"
Brandon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. His mother was a hair dresser, and his father was a police officer.
"My parents divorced when I was three, so my mom raised me alone for a good five or six years before she remarried. My mom and dad both remarried," he said.
Brandon said he never really went to church until he was 16-years-old.
"I went through high school, and did fine, but that's when I started my relationship with the Lord, and I think for me, a lot of the reasons I came to the Lord was because I wanted to learn how to forgive my dad for some mistakes that he made when I was younger. I had to forgive both of my parents for not sticking together."
Back then, Brandon realized he had grown bitter towards his parents, and he sought God's help for forgiveness.
"When I really found out about forgiveness, I knew that I didn't deserve it, but He [God] had given it to me anyway, and so I wanted to extend that to my dad," he said. "I think that was the original intent. As I grew and got involved in groups in cege and more involved in church, I found that there were parts of me that needed to be broken down. That's where I've been for the past ten years - trying to get back down to my foundation, and I think that's where the Lord, the Holy Spirit lives. The more I chip away at my pride, myself and the bad habits I've learned, the more I realize the heart of God."