It’s Almost Here!!!

Thanks to everyone for helping us to select the cover photo for the new CD entitled “Great Day”. I am thrilled to say that it is being duplicated and it won’t be long until we are able to share it with all of our friends. To say that we are excited does not quite describe our feelings right now. We are so anxious for each of you to hear it!

As with all of our CD’s, we look for songs that move us, inspire us, and cause us to want to better our relationship with our Lord. We know that if a song does that for us, it will do it for those who hear our music. With that in mind we have decided to share some of the stories behind the songs from the new project.

We start this week with an incredible story written by Jimmy & Jennifer Layne that brought the song “He Heals” to us.

In October of 2007, Our son had been for several months having an issue with addiction to prescription pain medication (hydrocodone). He had began taking the medicine due to sporting injuries he had received in high school. He had turned 21 in July and was working part time jobs, so he had no insurance and surgery wasn’t an option. He had gotten married the October before, and his wife was going to college full time and also working a part time job. The addiction was beginning to take a toll on his marriage, so we didn’t know until later that Joey had gone to the doctor acknowledging that he had a problem, and the doctor prescribed him another medication to wean him off of the hydrocodone. We guess that he didn’t tell anyone because if he failed he wouldn’t let us down.

On the morning of October 11, 2007, My husband Jimmy and I were on our way to work and heard on the radio that there had been a terrible car accident on Hwy 111. I spoke out loud, “Somebody’s life is gonna change today.” We had just gotten to work when Jimmy got a call that Joey had been in an accident and was at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He and I worked for the same company in Downtown Chattanooga, and were just minutes from the hospital. When we got there, we knew it was bad, but had no idea of what was to come.

Joey had been driving to work that morning when he fell asleep at the wheel. We later learned that he fell asleep because he had mixed hydrocodone and the pill that doctor had given him to wean him off and this was a side effect that could happen. According to a witness, Joey veered off the road and then jerked back onto the road. When he did this it caused his SUV to start flipping, and Joey was ejected out of the car and landed head first in a concrete drain. The impact of the hit caused two things. One was a blood clot on the brain and the other was a mucus plug in his lung to jar loose. Joey was breathing on his own, but unresponsive when the ambulance arrived and he was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center.

When we arrived at the hospital we met with the Neurosurgeon who told us that emergency surgery was necessary to remove the blood clot on Joey’s brain. The doctor didn’t know if Joey would live through the surgery, but told us he would certainly die without it. Joey was at this time in a coma, and on a ventilator. He had to have a portion of his skull removed due to swelling of the brain and in case they needed to do further procedures. Joey made it through surgery, but then we were told that he had an extreme amount of brain damage. Most of it was caused when the mucus plug in his lung was jarred loose, it kept the exchange of oxygen from taking place in the lungs, and Joey had gone 20-25 minutes without much oxygen getting to the brain.

The next few weeks were spent literally minute to minute.Joey was still in a coma, unable to breathe on his own, swelling of the brain, fevers that weren’t treatable because they weren’t caused by anything (the brain was tricking itself) and on and on. Coma’s range on a scale of 1-11, 1 being the worst and Joey was at a two. As any parent would react we were scared,hopeful, hurt, confused, prayerful, mad and heartbroken. We were told that it if Joey lived there was a less than one percent chance of a normal life. You just had to know this kid. Never has there been a sweeter boy that has ever lived. He loved with his whole heart and had been blessed with the gift of being a peacemaker. Soft spoken and kind. A friend to anybody who needed one. Yet, here he lay.

My husband, Jimmy came to a point where he wanted answers and he wanted them now. He prayed and prayed, and when no answer came he completely broke down one night. At the top of his voice he asked me, “Why? Why was God just letting Joey lay there?” His earnest prayer from the beginning had been for God to heal him, or take him, but God hadn’t done either. WHY was this boy just laying there, suffering so? All I could say to him was this…. ” I don’t know. I’m not God and I don’t know what the plan is, but I do know there is one.” A couple of days later I wrote part of the song, “He Heals”. My husband needed help and this was the only way I knew how. He needed to be reminded that there is a plan, and that most of the time we don’t understand it. He needed to be reminded that sometimes,healing doesn’t just take place how we want it to. Often times, we don’t even realize the way healing moved in our lives until we look back.

Joey remains to this day in a vegetative state. He is 27 years old now. We have learned that the words to my song are true: “He heals, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken minds. He heals, by His love, by His blood….and in His time!”

I know you’re hurt, I know you’re angry, I know you don’t understand.

Why you’re here, How did this happen, How can this be part of his plan?

Well, I don’t know what he knows, So I can’t tell you why.

But I know the love He shows, And His ways confound the wise…and…

He heals, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken minds

He heals by His love, by His blood, in His time.

I know the pain, I know the waiting, I know you feel all alone.

And there’s no words to be spoken, That’ll make sense of it all.

You may be standing in the rain, but the sun will shine again.

You may not feel like it now, but He has you in the palm of His hand.

He heals, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken minds

He heals by His love, by His blood, in His time.

Hold to God’s unchanging hand. Hold to God’s unchanging hand

Build your hopes on things eternal! Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

He heals, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken minds

He heals by His love, by His blood, and in His time.

And in His time…..He’s right on time!

A big thank you to the Layne family for sharing this story and for letting Legacy Five record this incredible song.

Until next time…..

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6 responses to “It’s Almost Here!!!

  1. Steve wheeler

    Thanks for sharing. Very timely in more ways than one.

  2. WOW! With tears in my eyes as I type I know that God is using this song in a powerful way.Thank-you for sharing this story behind the song.I will never listen to that song in the same way again.

  3. I feel numb after reading this. What a powerful story from a family who must have a powerful faith and is proving it by living it each day. Thank you to “The Poythress Family” for sharing the gift of your heartfelt story and song. Thank you to L/5 for recording the song and allowing God to open the doors for you to save souls through sharing this.

  4. Rebecca Gardiner

    WOW!! What an incredible testimony! Thank you for sharing this! Praying for this sweet family as they go through this trial!! ❤

  5. Shekinah

    I love this song. It really encouraged me today.

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