Christian recording artist CeCe Winans took the stage Saturday as mourners came together in Charlottesville, Virginia, to memorialize the lives of the three football players tragically killed as they returned to the University of Virginia after a field trip last weekend.
Winans, 58, shared a clear and concise Gospel presentation before singing her popular song, “Goodness of God,” during the service in UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena, where thousands were gathered.
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“We know we serve a God who’s able to take us through,” the Grammy-winning singer said confidently. “And He’s gonna take you through one day at a time. I pray that all of us would understand the beauty of life and that we would make the decision to accept Jesus as our Savior, so that whenever the time comes for us to leave here, young or old, that we’re ready.”
“Remember that God loves you, that He’s with you, and that He’s good,” she added.
After learning about the horrific deaths of Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis, Jr., and D’Sean Perry, Charlottesville radio host and event emcee Jay James said Winans reached out to UVA to express her desire to participate in the memorial service over the weekend.
She ended her performance by telling the crowd, “God bless you.” Winans, though, was not the only participant to boldly share her faith.
The first-year head coach of UVA’s football team, Tony Elliott, found solace in “God’s purpose.”
“Only time will reveal God’s purpose in this adversity,” he said, according to WTVR-TV. “Going forward I’m confident that all three are rejoicing in paradise, speaking good things on behalf of each of us in preparation for the time we will all be together again.”
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