Gregg Lohman's Journal
A Message from Gregg
Written Nov 28, 2013 11:28pm
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this message…..and I feel like whatever I say won’t begin to do justice to properly express my thoughts and feelings…..
I had a chance to go through and read every message left in the guestbook since the accident, and it’s impossible to express my thanks and gratitude for all of the prayers and support to each of you. Reading the different messages from friends here in Nashville, from friends I haven’t talked to in a long time, from family, and from some people I don’t even know….was quite humbling.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet many amazing people over the years and knew I was blessed to have so many awesome people in my life. Over the past 8+ months I’ve been greatly reminded at just how lucky I am to have such great people in my life. And I will never take that for granted.
All of the messages, phone calls, texts, visits, and prayers were so helpful and inspirational for me. I truly believe the support and prayers from each of you helped with my healing and recovery. For that I’m truly thankful.
So many people put their everyday lives on hold to come and help me ou,t and I want to mention a few…. My awesome family,Craig Lindvahl, the Jolley’s, Kellie Pickler and her whole organization,Tennessee State University music faculty, Nashville musicians and drumming community, Sherrie and all of the amazing people from the “Nashville” TV show, plus numerous others.
I’m a believer that things happen for a reason, and there is always good that comes from the bad in life. And I’m determined to take as much good out of this situation as I can.
The power of 7 words
Written May 23, 2013 7:39amTo get a phone call and be told "Gregg was in a bad car wreck" was pretty tough. Those 7 words impacted all of us. As the family converged in Louisville, we had no idea what we would find. What we found is tough to summarize. We found Gregg in bad shape. We found a renewed strength in each other. We found unlimited and powerful support from so many people from all over the country. We found compassion in medical staff, state troopers, musicians, and strangers. We found goodness.
As the days turned into weeks, we found hope. We found that family is important and that it has little to do with blood. We found determination and amazing progress. We found out how kind and good and generous people are. We found support and a whole bunch of people cheering.
We found the power of prayer and what a miracle looks like.
Perhaps the word "found" isn't the right word because all of these things were never lost. We were reaffirmed that there is so much more goodness and kindness in this world than there is evil. The 7 words from March 2 started an emotional journey. All journeys have a destination, and that brings us to yesterday, May 22
The journey appears to be nearing the end with 7 new words. Yesterday, Gregg heard, "Go ahead and take off the brace." Gregg is now without the brace! He has to strengthen the neck muscles, but he is back!
The beginning of the end started with that magical night in Effingham. It continued with a flight to New York for one song. Last weekend, Gregg did his first full show in New Mexico with Craig Campbell. Next week he leaves for Kellie with a pretty grueling week that will be a real test (Be sure to watch the Ellen show next Wednesday!).
We ask for prayers that he has the strength for next week. We also ask for prayers of thanks...inundate heaven with prayers of thanks.
Congratulations to Kellie for winning Dancing with the Stars! Thanks to all of you who have followed this unbelievable journey and were faithfully praying and cheering. I believe Gregg cannot wait to be out of the spotlight and quietly back behind the drums humbly and consistently keeping the beat!
You did it, Gregg. We are proud.
Update..Gregg on TV tomorrow morning!
Written May 9, 2013 5:26pmProgress continues. It is nice to have fewer updates. Prayers are still appreciated for healing and strength. Gregg will need to go back to Louisville soon to have an evaluation. When his brace comes off is yet to be determined.
Gregg is currently in New York. He will be performing with Craig Campbell tomorrow morning on Fox and Friends to promote Craig's newly released album. The tentative time for the performance is 7:50 a.m. Central Time. Craig has shown tremendous support and has said so many kind words about Gregg both before and after the accident. Craig is an incredible singer but a more impressive human being. He has reached out multiple times for updates on Gregg...yet another member of the Nashville scene who feels like "family."
Thanks so much for checking in. Be sure to check out Gregg, Craig, and Jay (Kellie's bass player and one of Gregg's "brothers") tomorrow morning on Fox and Friends.
Keep the prayers a'coming!