They recorded the song years ago, when life was good and songs were still being sung and the word “cancer” never entered their daily vocabulary.
Oh, how times have changed.
Today, Joey lays “in a deep sleep,” living out her final days with her husband Rory by her side, which makes the release of the song “In the Time That You Gave Me” that much more haunting. Including the words “if today is the day you decide to take me,” it’s almost as if Joey had a foreshadowing of the life to come.
“We recorded a song a few years ago by Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan for the same album that we recorded “When I’m Gone” on, but it didn’t make the record,” Rory wrote in a Feb. 29 blog post. “I think maybe it was on some special bonus version somewhere, but for the most part nobody’s ever heard it. I came across it the other day and put some of Joey’s photos with it… I could barely listen or watch at first. But then, as I listened and watched more… I smiled more and I cried less. In the time that God gave her… I believe Joey’s given all she could give. She’s loved all she could love and lived all she could live. And her faith… yes, it’s strong enough to save her. I know she’s done Him and all of us proud… in the time that He gave her.”