After his wife passed away in March 2016, Rory Feek was now a single father with a toddler who had Down syndrome and an older daughter who just revealed big news.
The conservative Christian, country singer sat down in an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning," to discuss his new book, "Once Upon a Farm: Lessons in Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier." His book hit the shelves on Tuesday or you can purchase it here on Amazon.
Just days after his wife, Joey Feek, passed away, he said he knew something else was up with Hopie. Hopie and Heidi are from a previous relationship, while Indiana, his 4-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome, was from his marriage with Joey.
"I said, 'Just tell me, Hopie,'" Rory said. “And she went on to tell me that her friend Wendy was more than her friend, that Wendy and [she] had been dating for almost a year. And that she was in love.”
Hopie was worried her father would judge her and not love her anymore. But thankfully, Rory's faith in God kept him from doing so.
“And my first reaction, honestly, was I don’t know,” Rory explained. “Because my conservative Christian faith that saved me; the first reaction is that challenges that immensely.”
He asked himself, "Am I supposed to shun my child now and say, 'No, you can't be in my life until you come around to thinking like I'm thinking?'"
Hopie said that she remembered her father's "panic" face, but understood why. While Rory was at a loss for words and did have a tough time accepting his daughter's sexuality, Rory knew what Jesus would want him to do: "To love her."
“The only thing I try to keep in mind is it’s her life, it’s her choice, it’s her faith,” Rory explained. “And my job is to love her even when it’s hard.”
God asks us to love one another; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. In 1 Peter 4:8 it says, "Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins."
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters," it says in 1 John 3:16.
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