Over the weekend, Dolly Parton wished all her fans a happy Easter with a quarantined version of the song “He’s Alive.”
The 74-year-old entertainer — surrounded by Easter Lillies — said she usually sings the song backed by a big member choir, but because much of the nation is under stay-at-home orders, she performed the song with just her guitar.
“This year, we’re gonna kinda stay around the house a little bit, right?” she said. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t worship in the same way that we should, because we don’t have to go to a building, to a church to worship God. The kingdom of heaven is within, and so let’s just do that this year. There’ll always be pretty dresses and hats and shoes.”
Parton went on to recall someone telling her they’ve had “a rough week.” In response, the singer-songwriter said, “Just think of the rough week Jesus had, and look how well that turned out for us.”
Last month, Parton encouraged her followers to “keep the faith,” saying she believes God is gonna “dissolve the situation.”
“I think God’s in this, I really do,” she said. “I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love. And I hope we learn that lesson.”