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Monday, June 30, 2014

Healing: How Jeremy Camp Healed After Loss

Healing: Jeremy Camp

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1

Many of you are familiar with Jeremy Camp.  He is a very successful Christian singer.  Jeremy was born into a family that was rich in faith but economically poor.  His mother’s favorite biblical reading is Hebrews 11 which begins with the sentence “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. 

Jeremy recalls times as he was growing up that his family literally did not know where their next meal was coming from.  He recalls his family praying together for God to provide and groceries showing up on the front step.  This is really an example of seeing Hebrews 11:1 in action.  Through out Jeremy's life he has been tested and his faith has always held strong.

Jeremy married Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp on October 21, 2000.  She was in remission from ovarian cancer at the time.  On their honeymoon the cancer came back and Melissa died at the age of twenty one on February 5, 2001.  They had been married less than four months.

Some of his early songs reflect the emotional ordeal of her illness. "I Still Believe" was the first song he wrote after her death. "Walk by Faith" was written during their honeymoon.

During the dark days surrounding Melissa's death Jeremy observed that “my only option was to believe that my Savior knows the end from the beginning, knows that we will experience pain in this mortal life, knows we dwell in a sick world, and comes to us during out darkest hours to bring comfort, strength and understanding.”  He actually recalls a time when he was questioning God and he felt that God was talking to him and saying “you’re not supposed to know why.  That is not My purpose for you.  I want you to have a testimony of walking by faith.”

Jeremy was able to rely on his faith to heal from the loss of his wife so soon after they were married.  Since Melissa death he has married Adrienne. They have two daughters and one son.  In 2009 Jeremy and his wife Adie suffered another loss when their pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. Jeremy said he and his family felt a swell of support and prayers from many of his fans. “We felt God’s peace in such an amazing way,” he said. “When people are praying, you know God’s hand is in it.”

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