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Randy Travis: ‘I Have Gained a Greater Understanding of God’s Grace’

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For the first time since his 2013 stroke, Randy Travis is opening up about his life and his future. After appearing at the 2015 ACM Awards in Dallas on Sunday night (April 19), the legend told fans how much their kind words and letters have meant as to his recovery.

Travis simply took in the adulation at AT&T Stadium, but after the show called the moment an “amazing gift.”

“It has been a hard fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago,” he writes at his website. “I have gained a greater understanding of God’s grace and how quickly events can change us.”

During the five-paragraph letter — titled ‘Storms of Life’ — the country icon explains how his fiancee, Mary, opened and read every letter to him.

Fans “brought me through the darkest of days,” Travis says. “None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Travis also addressed his future, saying music is still a source of inspiration and healing. He indicates he may be writing music, but at the very least says it’s his goal to be back on stage, in front of fans.

“As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way,” he admits before ending with good wishes and gratitude.

Travis’ appearance was somewhat unexpected, although Lee Brice did tell Taste of Country he was part of a tribute prior to the 2015 ACM Awards. While Travis has popped up in different places over the last 18 months, this was his first televised appearance. It was certainly a memorable one.

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