- Sunday, September 01, 2002
Were you moved by the story behind Jars of Clay's hit song "Fly?" Or did you shed a few tears at the end of Nicholas Sparks'
One fateful day, Jeremy was summoned to the hospital to see Melissa, who had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Despite the ominous diagnosis, Melissa remained positive, trusting God and confident he could use her illness as a testimony to bring others to Christ. In the days that followed, Melissa confirmed her love for Jeremy and the two married within a matter of months, despite the difficult road ahead of them and the possibility that Melissa could die from her condition. While Melissa seemed to be on the road to healing after chemotherapy, the couple's happiness was short-lived. During their honeymoon, Melissa exhibited symptoms of the cancer's return. She passed away a few months later. During their time together, Jeremy remained devoted to his loving wife. Though the road has been difficult, God taught him a lot about faith and obedience. The experience obviously has made a significant impact on Jeremy's songs, which may well be fulfilling Melissa's wish for her death to impact others for Christ.
Understanding Jeremy and Melissa's sad and inspiring story is an important part in appreciating Jeremy's debut recording, Stay. However, it's only an enhancement to the listening experience and not essential to appreciating it. These are somewhat worshipful songs of faith and perseverance that are certainly a tribute to Melissa's unwavering faith, but you wouldn't know they were about the couple's story if I didn't share it, or if you didn't read it in
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