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When I learned the details of Luke Bryan’s secret struggles, I realized he was in desperate need of our prayers. This really broke my heart.
For more than a decade, Luke Bryan has been hypnotizing country music fans with his sultry voice, uplifting lyrics and his charming personality.
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” – Romans 5:3-4
Luke Bryan grew up in rural Georgia, where his dad sold fertilizer and his mom worked for the public utilities. Bryan’s family was extremely tight-knit and as the youngest of three, he had an indescribable bond with his brother and sister. However, nothing could prepare Bryan’s family for the upcoming tragedies — but thankfully their strong faith in God helped them persevere.
Right before Bryan was about to move to Nashville to pursue his country music dream, his 26-year-old brother Chris died in a tragic car accident. True to his family values, Bryan decided to put his Nashville dreams on hold.
Shortly after Bryan released his debut album featuring the 2007 hit “All My Friends Say,” his sister Kelly suddenly passed away when she was at home with her young son at age 39. But Bryan didn’t let that tragedy overshadow the light he found in Jesus.
That lingering pain gave Bryan’s 2013 ACM win a much deeper meaning. A few months after Kelly’s death, Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year. Overwhelmed with emotion, Bryan broke down in tears onstage after receiving the prestigious award.
Although the cause of Kelly’s shocking death remains undetermined, Bryan has found peace through his devout Christian faith. Whenever Bryan wishes his sons could’ve met his brother and sister, Bryan reminds himself to trust in God’s plan — not his own.
“Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more. I literally do not take one second for granted,” he said.
Amidst one of the most successful years of his career, Luke Bryan had to grieve another family loss when his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, the widowed husband of Bryan’s sister Kelly, passed away from a shocking heart attack at age 46. The couple had three children.
Bryan revealed how he and his family would’ve never survived the traumatic losses without support from their devout Christian faith.
Following the sudden death of his brother-in-law, Bryan decided to raise his 13-year-old nephew, Til. Bryan and his wife Caroline, who he married in 2006, asked Til to join their Nashville home with their two young sons, Bo and Tate. Til’s two older sisters visit often, and all three children now view the Bryans as parental figures.
The circumstances were far from perfect, but Bryan’s faith in Jesus allowed him to find joy in tragedy. The country superstar says taking in his late sister’s children has been a blessing for his family.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
Luke Bryan’s testimony reveals the strength and peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ. When the devil tried to detour Bryan’s country music dreams with traumatic family losses, Bryan’s devout Christian faith empowered him to persevere and reach heights most country singers will never see.