The song “Amazing Grace” has gotten a lot of people through difficult times throughout the many years its been around. We love hearing it time and time again, whenever things aren’t going our way and we need to put our trust in a higher power. It gives us hope and renews our strength.
COVID-19 is a strain of the coronavirus that has infected hundreds of thousands of people and killed several thousand in just the last few months. It has caused quarantines and lockdowns around the globe and driven terrified people to panic buying and hoarding products. Elderly people and those with preexisting conditions are the most vulnerable to complications of the virus, and they’ve therefore been put under stricter lockdown restrictions than most people.
If you’re feeling a little bit down since all this has been going on, you’re in for a real treat. There are still some people in the world who aren’t letting the bad things get to them and who know how to make the best of a bad situation.
80-year-old John Kline, a distinguished professor of leadership at Troy University in Alabama, is one of those people. His wife of 45 years, Ann, has Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home. Since COVID-19 reached their area, the entire facility has been on lockdown, and John has been unable to visit his beloved wife. But John hasn’t let that stop him from showering Ann with love in any way he can.
John doesn’t want Ann to have any time to forget him during their separation. So he stands outside her nursing home window for about 15 minutes every day and serenades her with beautiful renditions of songs from the 1950s and church hymns like “Amazing Grace.” And how sweet a sound it is!
“I’ve always said how much I love her, ’til death do us part,” John says. “But I’m trying to make the statement that no matter what happens, there’s no reason to give up on love. If she gets where she doesn’t know me, I will still go see her, because I will still know her.”
This awesome idea has the power to keep Ann’s mind alert and active as well as strengthen their bond. Check out the video below, which was shot by an employee at the nursing home, to see this adorable couple sing together and shared by John on Facebook. What a beautiful way to cope with hard times!
“Through a Pane—not a Pain. No visitors to John Knox Manor Nursing Home,” John writes on Facebook. “Not my best singing—so you probably won’t want to listen. I cut it off at 45 seconds. I love my Sweet Ann and look forward to spending eternity with her. God bless you for even looking—and if you listened, well that was because you wanted to hear Ann.”
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?