Kathie Lee Gifford has returned to the Today Show after her husband, Frank, died earlier this month. On the show, Gifford thanked those who sent messages of encouragement and prayed for her family in their time of grief, Charisma News reports.
The TV personality said Frank Gifford, a NFL player turned sports commentator was born during the Great Depression and was incredibly poor, but grew up with Christian faith.
Gifford said, “As a young child, Frank asked Jesus into his heart. And that remained with him for the rest of his life. He strayed from his faith on occasion but his faith never left him. And especially after we found each other and started sharing our faith together, became more and more… important to Frank.”
She continued, “His world got smaller as his God got bigger. He’d want you to know that he died in complete peace. He knew every sin he’d ever committed was forgiven. He had the hope that he would be with the Lord and that we would someday be with him as well. That is the foundation of the Christian faith... is forgiveness, grace and hope. And those of you who are hurting today or feel hopeless, it might be the answer for you, in fact I know it’s the answer for you.”
Gifford said her husband did not want to be a burden on his family. He died suddenly on Aug. 9 at the age of 84.
“That’s what I had prayed, that the Lord would take him the way he wanted to go. And so I thank the Lord for that, for his grace to us as a family. And I pray his grace on all of you as well,” Gifford said.
Publication date: August 18, 2015