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Craig Strickland’s wife posts tribute to late husband

Photo: www.craigstricklandfoundation.org

Craig Strickland’s wife posts tribute to late husband

Just a little over a year after his death, Craig Strickland’s wife posts a touching tribute to remember her late husband who was killed during the winter storm Goliath.

A year ago today, the search for my husband @backroadcraig concluded. I remember receiving these last texts from him before talking for the last time on the phone-I'm so thankful God gave me the blessing of getting to say and hear the words "I love you" to/from him just moments before he and Chase got in their 10ft flat bottom boat. It was truly such a blessing the day we found Craig. We were finally able to find some kind of peace knowing he was with his Heavenly Father. God showed us then, and continues to show us, that He takes care of his children. While the pain is great that we carry, our Lord will carry the burden if we choose to let Him. A year later, I can testify to God's goodness and the gift of love that He pours out to those in pain. Sometimes His gifts of love aren't what we want or expect-for example, our savior Jesus Christ coming as a baby-but in the end, God's way is always better than what we want for ourselves. God is good, and His ways are perfect- I trust that. Losing Craig was not what any of us desired; but as @strickark told me – when we get sad, we can think of all the ways God will bless others through Craig's story. What a wonderful and humbling reminder that God has chosen Craig's family to help others. At the closing of this year, I am thankful for God's gift of life. And one day, I will be so excited to sit with Craig and our Father in heaven, as we tell Craig about all the opportunities his family had to share the love of Christ with hurting people all over the world because of his testimony. What a gift of love that will be❤ *Please visit the Craig Strickland Foundation homepage to donate to scholarships established in honor of Craig; and be looking for the launch of my new website, which will be the home for my blog/vlog, as well as the place to contact/hire me for speaking engagements. www.craigstricklandfoundation.org

A photo posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on

Helen Strickland, the singer’s wife, posted a photo of their last text messages back in December 2015, before Craig went missing and was later found dead.

Helen posted a touching message along with the photo of the two’s conversation.

“I remember receiving these last texts from him before talking for the last time on the phone — I’m so thankful God gave me the blessing of getting to say and hear the words ‘I love you’ to/from him just moments before he and Chase got in their 10ft flat bottom boat. It was truly such a blessing the day we found Craig. We were finally able to find some kind of peace knowing he was with his Heavenly Father.”

The last texts show Helen sent Craig a picture of her cuddling with their dog, Sam. The singer responds telling Helen how “precious” she looks.

“Losing Craig was not what any of us desired; but as @strickark [Craig’s father, Randy Strickland] told me — when we get sad, we can think of all the ways God will bless others through Craig’s story,” the tribute continues. “What a wonderful and humbling reminder that God has chosen Craig’s family to help others. … And one day, I will be so excited to sit with Craig and our Father in heaven, as we tell Craig about all the opportunities his family had to share the love of Christ with hurting people all over the world because of his testimony. What a gift of love that will be.”

The two were married in November 2014. Helen says her faith has helped her through the loss of her husband.

Last January, after Craig’s death, Helen said that he “experienced no pain in his final moments.”

“The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in,” she wrote. “He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep.”

Craig was the lead singer for an Arkansas-based band, Backroad Anthem. He was an American country singer in the band that was formed in 2012.

Fans are able to donate to provide scholarships to the Craig Strickland Foundation that was set up in his honor, after his death.

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