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Granger Smith’s Wife Responds to Hateful Comments: ‘I Forgive Them. I Am Rooted In Jesus’

Photo from Amber Smith’s Instagram

Granger Smith’s Wife Responds to Hateful Comments: ‘I Forgive Them. I Am Rooted In Jesus’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Country singer Granger Smith’s wife Amber recently responded to a hateful comment regarding the death of the couple’s son River in 2019 after she commiserated with another grieving family online. 

Amber wrote, “All of us mamas who know this pain have been praying so hard for your family,” in a thread where a family had lost a child. “We are all rallying around you and are here for you. Light will come from the dark. He is working. Bless you for blessing others in your deepest hurt. Sending all our love.”

One Instagram user responded to her comment, writing, “This makes me soooooo mad! Why would you be such irresponsible parents?!? Teach babies to swim, fence the pool, PROTECT your children! This is your fault, you KILLED your win kid. Truly disgusting.”

Amber posted a screenshot of the comment to her Instagram story and captioned it:

James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

I can’t fault these people. We live in a fallen world. It’s taken me 3 years to not let these comments hurt me, but I forgive them. I am rooted in Jesus.

Smith has spoken about his son’s tragic death, saying that his faith has helped him find peace. 

“God gave River to us for three years and that was his mission,” he said. “I don’t think God takes anyone too soon. I believe he was put on this earth for the exact amount of time. He lived a good 1,000 days. That’s a huge example for me and how we’re going to look at every single day.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Granger and Amber’s loss:

Country music singer Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, told PEOPLE magazine that their faith has been their strength since their son, River, tragically died just over a year ago in a freak drowning accident.

“I feel like I’ve died,” he said. “It’s not a bad thing that that ‘me’ died. In fact, I think it’s all good. It’s only good.”

Granger’s words echo scripture that tells us we must die to ourselves in order to be alive in Christ. By recognizing this, Granger says he has grown in his relationship with the Lord.

He added, “I feel wiser. I feel more in tune spiritually. I feel more aware of our present moment and the value in the present moment, the value in the current breath that we have.”

Since that tragic day in June 2019, Granger and Amber have done a few things to try to grapple with their grief.

Talking about his faith, Granger said, “For me, that’s pretty much all I’ve had. My brain is not capable of calculating that magnitude of a loss, and then I have to realize that I don’t have to. I can lean on a higher power for that and know that my little boy is in a better place.”

Amber said she has, “Never felt closer to God than I did from the night of the accident on. I’ve never felt that he has left me or forsaken me.”

Last month, Amber shared a post on Instagram marking the one-year mark of their loss. Part of the caption reads, “God is still good. Exactly 1 year later, today, we close on our new land. The timing is not lost on me. God is guiding us and I feel Riv with us every step of the way.”

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