Healing takes time.
Amy Grant is trying to give herself grace and exercise patience with her own healing process, even if it must take place before her fans.
“Last week was my first time back on stage … I was nervous that first day. I forgot lyrics to songs that I wrote. I’m just on a healing journey …”
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Grant suffered a traumatic injury in Nashville last July when her bicycle hit a pothole. She was “knocked unconscious for up to 15 minutes and was forced to postpone her fall concert tour in efforts to recover.”
The recovery from the resulting concussion led to a dramatic scale down in the 62-year old singer’s schedule. One to which she wasn’t accustomed in her full working life but that she accepted as necessary for healing.
She credits her husband, Vince Gill, “with providing her a ‘grounding’ place to heal.”
“He has just been so patient,” Grant said. “Vince has a kind of way of grounding the space that we’re in even without saying a word.
“I think early on I said, ‘What if I’m different, what if I’m not the same?’ and he said, ‘Hey, every day we wake up a little different, and we love each other, and it’s good.'”
She added, “I feel like my old rascally self.”
The Daily Wire reports that Grant’s first time back on stage last week was an ideal restart according to Amy, “I can’t think of a more gentle way to get back into the limelight than doing a Christmas concert with my dear friend Michael W. Smith.”
The recovery process hasn’t been easy but Grant is pressing on with grace and humor.
This week, she was the first contemporary Christian artist to received a Kennedy Center Honor at the 45th award ceremony, alongside George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and members of the band U2, including Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
“When asked how she was feeling being back in the spotlight following her traumatic accident earlier this year, Grant jokingly stated, ‘Am I drooling?'”
Amy has been hard at work her entire adult life but developed a positive attitude about the sudden and necessary slow down to allow for healing.
When she spoke with The Washington Post, she reflected on the gift inside the recovery.
“The timing of this … it’s really given me the opportunity to look at the majority of my life,” Grant said. “And kind of, I don’t know — just wrap my arms around the whole thing. I mean, that’s a gift for anybody.”
Classic Amy. She continues to inspire both onstage and off. Many prayers for her continued healing as she blesses others with her songs.