A Story of Love, Anger and 'Unanswered Prayers'


A Story of Love, Anger and 'Unanswered Prayers'

There are some songs that when you hear them, they transport you back to a moment that changed your life.

I had experienced my first real heartbreak. One of my very best friends, the first boy I ever loved, was in a terrible home situation. We told each other secrets, held hands, and collected baseball cards together. It was young, innocent, and silly. But it still makes my heart flutter to think of sitting outside on the swing set with Paul and talking about life.

He came to the swing set one day with tears in his eyes and told me that he wasn’t going to see me again for a long time. His grandmother, his caregiver after having been abandoned by his mother, had tried to harm him with a knife. He was being taken away and he couldn’t tell me where. He kissed my cheek, thanked me for being his friend, and a police car took him away to his foster home.

I was devastated.

I went home, turned on my radio. I was angry. So angry. Hurt. I was angry at his family. I was angry at the police that took him away. I was angry at God. So angry and so hurt. Then, this song came on the radio, and it was like I was being given a gift.

This January marks the 25th anniversary of the song “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks being a number one hit. I still remember the first time I heard it, and I still remember that feeling. The feeling of sadness and the release that came when I really listened to the message. The song had a huge impact on my life. Isn’t that what great music does for us?

What is a song that changed your life? Or what is a song that brings you back to a specific point in time?


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Ann Langan

March 15, 2017

We played"The Dance" at our son’s funeral. Every time I hear the introduction to this song, it reminds me of his life and his love of country music, especially Garth Brooks.

Leilani Robichax Lemieux

January 11, 2017

In 1993 I was supposed to sing The River at my baby brother’s funeral. I couldn’t manage it, the entire congregation sang it with me. The out pouring of love and unity helped me bury my 20 year old brother, Paul Anthony Robichax.

Dave Marlett

September 28, 2016

Thank you Garth for giving me great country roots from my life growing up two stepping in the honky-tonk bars that I was able to pass along to my kids and grandkids,your buddy Dave……

mary e craig

July 29, 2016

The Dance And The River..But anytime he sings I listen..love them all…

baltazar juan chuc xivir

July 23, 2016

Me gusta la musica y lo respeto

Carole Davis

July 22, 2016

We all want our prayers to be answered but sometimes the Lord has a better plan for us and answersin a different way than we expect. He does knows best.

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