Kathie Lee Gifford reflects on faith, late husband Frank Gifford
Nearly one year after the sudden death of her beloved husband Frank, Kathie Lee Gifford is continuing to rely on her faith.
“I’ve gotten through this past year the way I’ve gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore,” Gifford, 62, wrote in an open letter on Tuesday.
“If you thought about it as ‘How am I ever going to get through this year?’ — well, God doesn’t promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time,” Gifford pens.
She continues, “When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone. The look on his face was complete and total wonder. I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That’s the way I want to go.”
The New York Giants running back, who went on to become a beloved sportscaster and husband of Kathie Lee, died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in 2015.
“Frank was a beautiful man with a beautiful, generous heart,” Kathie Lee previously told PEOPLE. “He lived fully and loved deeply, and he leaves an amazing legacy of lives touched and changed.”
The TV personality, who has two children with Frank — Cassidy, 23, and Cody, 26 — admits that her happiness has since surpassed her pain.
“Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:8 says ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’ How can I be unhappy knowing my husband is in spiritual perfection with his Lord? Even the day Frank passed, we were able to rejoice and thank the Lord and cry tears of joy mixed with tears of sorrow. They were equal because of what we believed.”
If there’s anything she has learned this past year, it is to never grieve alone.
“For other people grieving the loss of a loved one, I would tell them it’s impossible to do it on your own. You need to immerse yourself in the word of God. What I would do is get up in the morning and spend time in prayer. Start really learning as much Scripture as possible so you can quote it without looking it up, so it’s in your DNA. You can call on it when you’re feeling challenged in your faith.
While Kathie Lee continues to encourage those going through similar situations to “not rush the process,” she also provides a sense of hope, from a different perspective.
“We had Frank for a lot of years and we had him in great health and we have many, many memories,” she writes. “If you keep thinking about what you lost, you will fall in despair. Concentrate on what you still have and the memories and the knowledge that you will all be united one day.”
“I am not saying it’s easy,” she pens, adding, “I am saying it’s possible.”