In January, my husband of 18 years, SFC Shawn Wodos, was killed. He had been in the Army 19 years, survived 2 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was 4 months from retiring. He was killed trying to stop an attack on a friend; he was stabbed and died instantly. In one instant I lost my best friend, my husband, the father to my children, and my most avid supporter. I became a single parent of 4 children and my world crumbled.
I had listened to WAY-FM in the past, but once I lost my husband all other music seemed inconsequential and trivial – all I wanted to hear were songs that offered some small sliver of hope. Songs like “Blessings” (by Laura Story), “The Hurt & The Healer” (by MercyMe), and “Not Right Now” (by Jason Gray). It is still not easy – I go to the cemetery and cry at the overwhelming loss I feel. But I don’t go alone – I take my phone with me and just listen to a playlist of songs I have found through WAY-FM. It is a sad, lonely time, but it also offers me a little bit of peace; peace that other people have been in similar situations but were able to survive – by the grace of God. I am so grateful for the music you play as well as the chance to laugh again. The very first time I really laughed since January was listening to the Wally show!