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Country Singer Granger Smith Says Faith in God "Saved My Life" After Tragic Loss of 3-Year-Old Son, Tells Others To Turn to God

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Tragedy can turn us toward God or away.

Country singer Granger Smith shared with Fox News that “his faith saved him ‘from the darkest of grief.'”

Granger and his wife, Amber Bartlett, who were married in 2010 are raising their three children, London, 11, Lincoln, 8, and Maverick, 1. Tragically, they lost their son River, 3, who drowned in the family pool in 2019 with his father only fifteen feet away.

Granger was doing gymnastics with his daughter while River and Lincoln played with water guns. Somehow, River got into the locked pool gate, entered the pool, and inhaled enough water to lose consciousness.

Granger pulled his son from the pool but didn’t know CPR. It took 10 minutes for paramedics to arrive to their country home and by then, the damage to River’s brain was irreversible. River died of his injury the following day.

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“The months and years following were that were rock bottom for me,” said Granger.

But, besides entering the family into therapy, Granger leaned into God.

For parents going through a similar situation, Smith encourages them to “lean into God” and know that “nothing is an accident.”

“Once we know that, then we could stop saying ‘Why, God, why did you do this to me?’ ‘Why would a good God allow this to happen?’ Instead, we could then say, ‘What God? What are you trying to show me in this? What do I need to learn from this? To be closer to you. To understand you better. To help serve others around me. What do I need to know?’”

The Daily Wire reports that in 2021, the couple welcomed son Maverick, River’s younger brother, into the world.

The “Backroad Song” hitmaker reflected in interviews that Maverick wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t lost River.

“Not that he could ever replace River, that’s not the point. He never would have, but it is very interesting that he’s a life that existed because another doesn’t. That stuff that just tangles up my brain if I even try to think about it,” he shared.

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Leaning into faith in Jesus. Seeking support from a professional counselor or pastor. Continuing to live and love. Sound counsel for surviving tragedy from one who has.

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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.




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